There are several terms or words that are commonly used to describe a friends with benefits relationship. Some of these include
1. No Strings Attached or NSA
One must be comfortable in their own skin with a good level of confidence and self-assurance in order to be comfortable with a friends with benefits 'relationship'.
If you are someone who tends to fall in love quiet easily or typically finds yourself getting involved in committed relationships rather quickly, then it is likely you are not the ideal candidate or this type of dating. If this sounds like you then it is probably only a matter of time before before you find yourself uncomfortable with this type of dating, and potentially reverting to a more traditional type of dating or relationship.
Similarly if you lack somewhat in confidence or self-assurance it is quite possible you will find particular parts of FWB dating, such as the avoidance of acting like a couple or doing 'coupley' things together, or leaving your feelings at the bedroom door might be particularly challenging for you.
2. Adult Dating
It is very important you are emotionally ready for frenefits dating and everything that goes with it.
Are you truly comfortable with a sex based relationship? Are you ok with avoiding dates and not doing 'coupley' things together? Can you handle a lack of communication when you're not together? Would you be devastated if you FWB was to come to an end or if your partner fell in love with someone else?
These are all things to consider before embarking on a no strings attached relationship with a friend - essentially it is very important to be emotionally ready for everything that comes with it.
3. Fuck Buddies
You and any potential partner should talk openly and honestly about your expectations of your frenefits 'relationship' from the very beginning. Be honest with one another about what you being together sexually really is and exactly what you both want to get out of it.
It is best to be under no illusion about what you are getting into right from the offset....this will lead to a better experience and help avoid any unintended consequences. Avoid any confusion, so you can both relax, and enjoy it for what it is.
If you only want to be available at weekends then state that openly and clearly.
If certain sexual positions or tastes are not to your fancy be open about it.
While it might sound slightly unnatural to be having such a discussion at the outset, having clear expectations of what you want and having a clear understanding or what your partner wants, will lead to things running much smoother.
A hookup is a casual sexual encounter between two people who do not have a committed relationship or any expectation of a future relationship. The term "hookup" often implies a one-time sexual encounter.
5. Casual Encounters
Casual encounters typically refer to sexual or romantic encounters between two people who do not have a committed relationship or any expectation of a future relationship. These encounters are often brief and focused on physical pleasure, rather than emotional intimacy or long-term commitment.
Casual encounters can come in many forms, including one-night stands, hookups, and friends-with-benefits relationships. They may be motivated by a desire for sexual variety, excitement, or experimentation, or simply by the need for physical release.
6. Open Relationship
An open relationship is where both partners agree to allow each other to engage in sexual and/or romantic relationships with other people. Unlike a traditional monogamous relationship, where both partners agree to be exclusive to each other sexually and romantically, an open relationship allows for some level of non-monogamy.
The rules and boundaries of an open relationship can vary greatly depending on the couple's preferences and agreement. Some couples may choose to have sexual encounters with others while still prioritising emotional intimacy with their partner, while others may allow for both sexual and emotional relationships with other people. Some couples may set rules around communication, sexual practices, and frequency of outside encounters.
Open relationships require a high level of communication, trust, and mutual respect in order to be successful. Both partners need to be willing to have honest and open conversations about their feelings, desires, and boundaries. It's important to establish clear rules and boundaries and to regularly check in with each other to ensure that both partners are comfortable with the arrangement.
Open relationships are not for everyone.
7. Illicit Encounters
Illicit encounters is a phrase used to describe sexual encounters that typically take place outside of a committed relationship or marriage, often in secret and without the knowledge or consent of one's partner. The term "illicit" implies that the activity is secret or forbidden.
Illicit encounters typically come in different forms be it one time affairs or ongoing extramarital relationships and are usually motivated by a desire for sexual variety, emotional fulfillment, or a sense of excitement and risk-taking. In some cases it can also be an attempt to fill a void in one's relationship.
8. Booty Call
A booty call is a request for casual sex usually late at night or in the early hours of the morning and usually after socialising. A booty call typically involves two people who have had sex before but are not or no longer in a committed relationship. The term "booty call" is a request primarily for the purpose of sex and both parties are generally aware it won't lead to anything more.
A booty call typically comes about when one person is out socialising and contacts the other, usually by phone or text message, to arrange a sexual encounter. The request is often made late at night, after other social activities have ended. The expectation is that the encounter will be brief and focused on sexual enjoyment. A booty call relationship can be a convenient arrangement for people who are not interested in a committed relationship or who are not currently in one.
9. Sex Buddies
Similar to "fuck buddies" or friends with benefits, sex buddies are two people who have an ongoing sexual relationship without the typical romantic or emotional commitment.
Unlike friends with benefits sex buddies would typically not be friends beforehand and have no expectation of being friends in the future. Unlike a one night stand, sex buddies have repeated sexual encounters with each other over a period of time.
Dating apps or websites are currently the most popular way of meeting sex buddy partners.
10. One Night Stands
A one night stand is a sexual encounter between two people with no previous romantic or sexual relationship and have no real intention of pursuing one in the future. One night stands typically happen spontaneously with no great emotional attachment and typically do not involve a huge amount of further contact afterwards.
One night stands can come about in different ways, but they often occur in social situations where people are out and looking to meet others usually at a pub, club, party, or other social event. Two people may meet and have an immediate physical attraction to each other leading to a sexual encounter. In most other cases dating apps or websites are typically used to find a one night stand partner.
It's important to note that while these terms may be used to describe a similar type of relationship, each may have its own nuances and expectations. It's important to communicate clearly with your partner to ensure that both parties are on the same page about the nature of the relationship and what each person expects from it.