Although we also included social (i.e., alcohol use) and relational (i.e., involvement in a committed romantic relationship) variables, future research should expand the examination of variables to provide a more comprehensive picture of men involved in FWBRs. Additionally, we examined sexual behaviors within FWBRs; however, condom or other contraceptive use with a FWBR partner during the semester was not measured.
FWBRs (N = 407) Variables B (S.E.) Exp(B) (a) 95% CI Block 1 Religious Service Attendance -.40 (.13) .96 .75-1.23 Stable Committed Romantic 1.34 (.33) .26 *** .14-.50 Relationship Attitudes Towards Casual Sex .10 (.06) 1.10 ([dagger]) .99-1.23 Confidence About Relationship -.05 (.17) .95 .68-1.33 Skills (b) Thoughtful Relationship -.25 (.19) .78 .53-1.15 Decisions (b) Alcohol Use .07 (.08) 1.08 .93-1.25 Block 2 Extraversion (c) .25 (.09) 1.28 ** 1.06-1.54 Openness to .04 (.11) 1.04 .84-1.28 Experience (c) Previous .79 (.23) 2.20 *** 1.39-3.48 FWBR Experience ([dagger]) p = .08, * p [less than or equal to] .05, ** p [less than or equal to] .01, *** p [less than or equal to] .001 (a) Adjusted odds ratios (b) Relationship Awareness Scale Subscale (c) Personality Scale Subscale
Friends with benefits relationships (FWBRs) occur when two friends who are not in a committed romantic relationship engage in ongoing sexual activity (i.e., oral sex and/or intercourse) over a period of time.
The present research involved a quasi-experimental design wherein participants responded to hypothetical FWBR scenarios in which the manipulated variables were the gender of the character being described and the FWBR experience of that character.
Hypothesis 2: Respondents who report having their own FWBR experience would rate the scenario characters more positively than respondents reporting no experience in FWBRs.
Hypothesis 4: When scenarios involved a main character experiencing their first FWBR, the character would be judged more positively than would characters depicted as being involved in multiple FWBRs, and this would be especially true for female characters (i.e., interaction effect).
The present study examined the experiences of Canadian female and male undergraduate university students who had either been in or were currently involved in a FWBR. The data originally collected by the second author were drawn from a qualitatively coded questionnaire completed by 155 men and 150 women.
We hypothesized that participants who entered a FWBR explicitly wanting it to progress into dating would be less likely to report a positive experience and less likely to engage in a FWBR again compared to participants who entered a FWBR for any other primary reason (such as sex, fun, or avoiding commitment).
Respondents who were casually dating different people (76.3%) were significantly (p < .001) more likely to report experience in a FWBR than those emotionally involved with one person (49.3%) or not dating/involved with anyone (49.9%).
It comes as no surprise that participants in a FWBR were adept at having sex independent of love.
Individuals over the age of 18 with FWBR experience who were interested in participating were instructed to contact the first author by e-mail for a more complete explanation of the study and to schedule an interview time.
Participant characteristics and FWBR experiences Participants completed a brief demographic questionnaire that included general background information (e.g., age, current relationships status) and more detailed information about their FWBR experiences.