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Friends with Benefits: A New Trend

“Friends with Benefits” is sex between two friends. These two friends have “neither a true romantic relationship nor a true friendship” (Lehmiller, Vanderdrift, and Kelly 276), and “there is no expectation of future romantic commitment” (Saedi 1). What majority of the elder generation does not understand about the term “friends with benefits” is that this type of relationship is doing no harm to either friend. The idea of just having sex with no emotional strings attached is what is appealing to most people who engage in such relationships. Also that your friends with benefits partner is getting “sex out it as well,” (Smith 1) so neither partner has any objections of being in such relationship.

Teenagers and young adults everywhere think that casual sex is normal, and that a “Friends with Benefits” relationship is a perfect solution to your problem when you cannot find your perfect mate. Hollywood is a culprit of promoting a “Friends with Benefits” relationship “Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis’ latest film, Friends with Benefits, is certainly a nod to this new ‘trend,’ as was Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher’s ‘No Strings Attached’” (Saedi 1). With Hollywood portraying such relationships as normal, young people who are influenced greatly by Hollywood would believe so.

One would think that a “friends with benefits” relationship would entail only a benefit: sex. In reality, a “friends with benefits” type of relationship would entail pros and cons. Some pros are that “your friends with benefits partner will usually be more than happy to accommodate you since they get sex out of it as well” (Smith 1). You both get something out of this relationship so neither of you needs to feel like you owe the other anything. Another pro is that “the pressure to impress in bed is off-though participation is always appreciated” (Smith 1). Young boys and girls feel the pressure to be good in bed, and a “friends with benefits”...
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