One-night stands are an option, but let’s face it: The morning after and the walk of shame back to your apartment aren’t as fun as when you’re doing it every single weekend.

Plus, you don’t want to catch any diseases from strangers. Doing it on a regular basis with someone you know and trust, without the label of “significant other.”The beginning is so much fun.

dating your friend with benefits-25

More often though, your FWB doesn’t return your feelings, and the house of cards the two of you built together so precariously falls apart.

After all, if your FWB were the type of person who wanted to be in a relationship, wouldn’t he or she be in a relationship already?

For many FWB relationships, this is the longest stage, and the rest of your FWB relationship will ideally play out in this manner until one of you gets bored or meets another person.

In some FWB relationships, however, this is the stage when you start to become a little too comfortable in your routine.

Here are the five stages of falling in love with your FWB: This is the best stage.

You’re probably recently out of a relationship and emotionally unavailable, but you’re also sexually frustrated.

You might be lucky enough to have your feelings reciprocated, but you’re more likely going to get your feelings hurt.

If you’re in the latter camp, I’m here to commiserate with you.

This is the worst stage because there aren’t any real guidelines to help you when your FWB relationship inevitably dissolves.

How do you cope with the ending of a relationship that wasn’t even really a relationship?

You get along with this person, you’re (hopefully) having bomb-ass sex and there aren’t any strings attached.