Is it worth dating your best friend?

By | April 3, 2015

Tinder may have opened our eyes to the many people out there, but after scrolling through countless profiles, it’s probably not a surprise to many to find that a number of men and women are turning to their best friends as potential romantic matches.

A recent survey of over a thousand people between the ages of 18 and 54 asked if the risk of dating a best friend was worth the possibility of finding true love. Of a surprising 76 percent of the people who said they had tried starting a relationship with their best friend, twenty nine percent said it had resulted in marriage.

If the relationship had gone sour however, only fifty one percent got their best friend back, which makes the decision one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Sixty five percent of respondents said that they had seen friendships destroyed by dating attempts, and a similar number cited dating breakups as being responsible for breaking up whole friendship groups.

It’s probably no great surprise to hear that men are more open to the possibility of romance with their best friend than women with nearly two thirds ready to consider it. Nearly two thirds of those men admitted to having sexual fantasies about their best friends. By comparison the figures are nearly sixty and fifty percent respectively for women.

The form of relationship does seem to have a huge disparity on the numbers for men and women when looking at ‘no-strings’ hook-ups. Some fifty four percent of the men were open to the idea as opposed to twenty two percent of the women. It’s interesting to note that forty two percent of the women interviewed said that they would rather be celibate for the rest of their lives than date or have sex with their best friend.

Where both men and women did agree was on their plans to woo their friends if general dating didn’t work out. About half of all the people who took part said that they would consider marrying their best friend if they hadn’t settled by a some specific age.