So why is it that the friends-to-lovers paradigm bears such perennial relevance? It’s been scientifically proven that the longer you’ve known somebody, the more attractive you’ll find them, researchers at the University of Texas found.
Imagine you’re on the best date of your life with the person you suspect is The One.
The sexual chemistry is palpable, but you’re looking for a long-term thing — not just a hookup.
“I have a friend who is possibly more than a friend after we crossed the line, but he's also definitely not my boyfriend or anything close to that, so we have a really confusing relationship where neither of us actually knows how the other feels." As for the whole friends with benefits conundrum?
Unless it’s a short-term, contractual agreement (“thou shalt not acquire romantic feelings”), it’s a turn-of-phrase that’s best left to rom coms, advised the dating experts.
The question remains, how do you know when it’s time to take things up a notch and, more importantly, how can you tell if your feelings are reciprocated?