That said, what is love, and life, without a little risk?
A trustworthy, genuine boyfriend or girlfriend can often become your best friend.
But what if you were already best friends from the start?
After a particularly bad breakup, I was re-evaluating my past choices in boyfriends and felt like I was missing something.
In the midst of dramatically labeling the entire male race as untrustworthy and deceitful, my thoughts turned to who I could trust.
“You’ve already taken that time to figure out that you’re compatible with each other,” says Winnie*, a 22-year-old recent college graduate.
“Beyond that initial attraction, the puppy love stage, and those first movie dates, you’ve already earned each other’s loyalty and trust.” Susan, a 27-year-old graduate school student who is currently dating someone she was friends with first, also agrees.
More precisely, would it make your relationship easier…or harder?
When I set out to explore this question for this piece, one of my own stories kept coming back to me.
It’s really no surprise that most romantic relationships spring out of such inauspicious beginnings.
But, just like most other relationships, there are pitfalls.
Juei, 26, says, “You already feel so comfortable around them and you don’t have to stress about making a good impression.” But, as I discovered the hard way, this level of total comfort can be a double-edged sword.