About Friends with Benefits (FWB) and the Risks That Can Occur

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About Friends with Benefits (FWB) and the Risks That Can Occur
About Friends with Benefits (FWB) and the Risks That Can Occur

The term friends with benefits (FWB) may be familiar to some people, especially among young people who live in big cities. Generally, FWB is associated with a physical relationship without feelings and is an option for those who don't want to commit to a long-term commitment

Friends with benefits are described as friendships with physical and sexual intimacy, but no formal bond or commitment to a relationship like a courtship.

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So, everyone who is in a FWB relationship will seem more free to show interest in someone other than their FWB partner.

The relationship of friends with benefits is now starting to be lived by many young adults. One of the reasons may be that they don't have much time to be in a long-term and emotionally committed relationship.

Although it seems practical and uncomplicated, especially for those who don't want to be involved in an official relationship, there are some risks that you need to pay attention to and consider before embarking on a FWB relationship.

Some of the Risks of Living a Friendship Relationship with Benefits

There are several risks that need to be considered before you and your partner decide to have a friends with benefits relationship, including:

1. Relationships are only temporary

FWB relationships are often short-lived, even weeks or months. This is reinforced by several studies which show that friends with benefits relationships usually end in about 1 year.

However, there are also those who can maintain this relationship for years. This is usually influenced by the comfort factor of each other.

Some people who are in a FWB relationship may be able to continue their relationship into a casual friendship, but this kind of relationship rarely turns into a serious relationship.

2. Unrequited love

Although it involves physical and sexual intimacy, friends with benefits are not romantic relationships. However, do not rule out the possibility of feelings that arise from one party over time.

Factors of comfort, satisfaction, and dependence on each other can also trigger the emergence of these feelings. However, the feelings of love that arise are often unrequited and often cause stress to those who experience it.

Therefore, an agreement between you and your partner is very important before deciding to undergo a FWB relationship. In this way, you and your partner can better understand what are the expectations and boundaries in the relationship.

If you want a serious commitment, such as marriage or a long-term relationship, you need to consider this risk carefully before deciding to go into a friendship with benefits relationship.

3. Risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STD)

It is undeniable that friends with benefits often involve sexual relations, although some do not.

Uncommitted sex is a risky relationship, because you don't know who your FWB partner has had sex with before.

If you are not careful, people who have FWB relationships can be at risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, such as syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, or HIV. This risk will be higher if you or your partner often have sex without a condom and change sexual partners.

In addition to the three risks above, the relationship with friends with benefits also has the potential to cause heartache and regret in the future.If you want to have a relationship like that, make sure you and your FWB partner don't have excessive expectations so you don't regret the relationship in the future.

Basically, the relationship of friends with benefits is not commonly accepted by Indonesian culture. In addition, this relationship is also more risky to live.

For those of you who are in an FWB relationship, especially if the relationship involves sexual intimacy, remember to always use a condom every time you have sex.

If you still have questions about the relationship of friends with benefits and risks, you can consult a psychologist, either directly or via chat on the ALODOKTER application.

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