"After he left, I was suddenly repulsed — not by his penis, but by his personality and the night as a whole.

As the author’s state: “Our results suggest that FWB relationships can transition back to friendship and, for the majority of young adults, this friendship was not negatively affected.” All of these are interesting initial findings, but there is something lacking that needs to be addressed.

Specifically, all of these papers, and countless others, rely on the fickle and foolhardy minds of undergraduates who live in a collegiate bubble of budding sexuality and minimal repercussions.

In other words, FWB relationships are inherently transitional and are predisposed to fizzling out.

Most research on the subject shows that only about 15% of FWB relationships evolve into something exclusive.

In this way, sex is both the pull The next paper, called “Four Functions for Four Relationships”, tries to further define an FWB relationship.

The authors state that “friends with benefits relationships were motivated by seeking a placeholder until someone better came along and as a trial run for a more serious relationship”.

Therefore, when Casual Dating ends, so does the interaction between the two involved, as opposed to an FWB relationship.

At the core of it, undergrads and young adults are simply less interested in settling down (for a number of different reasons that I have already written about here and here) as they were two decades ago.

The first paper, called “Negotiating a Friends with Benefits Relationship”, notes how the “the primary advantage seemed to be recreational, non-exclusive sex with a known and trusted other”.