Love is a battlefield—and so is friendship, really. In Oxygen’s Last Squad Standing, premiering Nov. 1 at 9/8c, you’ll see exactly how complicated friendship can get as three squads of friends battle it out for a $100,000 grand price. Since love and friendship are closely linked, it seems like a natural progression that one might end up finding a friend with benefits. While there are lots of reasons you should not have friends with benefits, you can mark our words on this: there are plenty of reasons you should as well. Having friends with benefits can be a rich, and dynamic experience. Not to mention you get to have sex. So for all the doubts there might be about ruining a friendship, if you’re mature, honest, and communicative, then the positives just might outweigh the negatives. Here are five reasons why you should really have friends with benefits.
1.. The Sex, Like, Duh
First and foremost: sex. Who wants to be that creep trolling for sex at the bar at 3am? Probably no one. When you have a friend with benefits, you know you’re going to get to have sex, with someone you’re super attracted to, on the regular. This reason alone might just be enough, but if you’re not quite convinced, here are four more...
2.. Doing It With Someone You Trust
You can always have a string of one night stands, but how much do you really know about the people you’re bedding down? When you already have a friendship, you have trust. You know you’re not going to wake up in the morning to find that wad of $20 bills missing from your wallet. And even better, you know your friend’s sexual history, so there probably won’t be any nasty downstairs surprises (we’re talking about STDs!). Trust is something that takes a long time to build--but with a friend, you already have it. Just add benefits.
3.. Being Able To Talk Before And After
Not only do you trust your friend, you probably like them too. Which means there won’t be any awkward silences before and after (or even during) the sex part. You can banter, chat, and generally do what you do clothed, but naked instead. Having a friend with benefits is comfortable and safe, with none of the weirdness that comes with sleeping with a new person.
4.. You Get To Skip The Bullshit Of Dating
Dating is bullshit. It’s the same dinner, the same questions, and the sam disappointments over and over again. Why not skip that mess and have regular sex with someone you know, trust and like? Seems like a no brainer.
5.. It Could Lead To Something Really Magical
And if you’re to believe Hollywood films (like No Strings Attached and the aptly titled Friends With Benefits), being friends with benefits can lead to some pretty awesome places. Like Chandler and Monica in Friends, starting out just getting down and dirty with a pal might eventually result in you both finding the love of your life. Marrying your best friend: isn’t that the American Dream?