Science Has Figured out How to Be "Friends with Benefits"

August 7, 2017

The big part of the appeal of a "friends-with-benefits" situation is that there are no strings attached.  I mean . . . there was literally a movie about it with Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake CALLED "Friends with Benefits." There was also "No Strings Attached" with Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher.

But according to a new study out of the University of Denver, the best way to make a friends-with-benefits setup work is . . . attach some strings.

The researchers found the keys to make sure both people are happy and satisfied were acting a little more like a couple:  Communicating, sacrificing a little for the other person, caring about them, and not constantly searching for other people to date.

And yeah, that makes it sound a lot like a committed relationship . . . and the researchers say it sort of is.

But they found it DID make people happier to mix in those "almost-a-relationship" elements, even if it was just supposed to be about sex. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why we get so many questions every week for Inside the Warped Female Brain and Simple Male Mind. 

- Danielle