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Sexual communication, satisfaction, and condom use behavior in friends with benefits and romantic partners.

Abstract

Although "friends with benefits" relationships (FWBRs) are common and have been the subject of significant media and research attention, relatively little is known about them, especially in terms of how they differ from other types of relationships. The present research sought to compare the sexual outcomes of FWBRs to those of traditional romantic relationships via an online survey. Results revealed that FWBR partners were less likely to be sexually exclusive, had a lower frequency of sexual interaction, were less sexually satisfied, and generally communicated less about sex than romantic partners did. However, compared to romantic partners, FWBR partners devoted relatively more of the time spent together to sexual activity, practiced safe sex more frequently, communicated more often about extradyadic sexual experiences, and reported a greater number of lifetime casual sex partners. These findings indicate that the sexual outcomes of FWBRs and romantic relationships are quite distinct and provide evidence of the potential public health implications associated with both casual and committed sexual relationships.

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  • Authors

    Lehmiller JJ, Vanderdrift LE, Kelly JR

    Source

    Journal of sex research 51:1 2014 pg 74-85

    MeSH

    Adult
    Attitude to Health
    Condoms
    Female
    Friends
    Humans
    Interpersonal Relations
    Male
    Personal Satisfaction
    Personality
    Sexual Behavior
    Sexual Partners
    Social Identification
    United States
    Young Adult

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    23181805