But new research suggests roughly two-thirds of couples start out as friends and maintain a platonic relationship for long periods before sparking a romance. Others categorised those exact behaviours as romantic.
What comes first relationship or friendship?
Many experts advise that couples should be friends first. Then the relationship is based on personal compatibility, not just sexual chemistry. Social psychologist Grace Cornish avers that romances that begin as friendships are more likely to succeed: As friends first, you like each other first.
Can relationships come from friendships?
In fact, some of the best relationships often start out as friendships. Think of Sheryl Sandberg, who was friends with her late husband Dave for six years before they became romantically involved. Then theres Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, who met on the set of That 70s Show and started dating 14 years later.
Does being friends first work?
By being friends first, the two of you have had ample time to get to know one another and form a trusting relationship, explained Masini. Plus, by starting with a strong friendship, the two of you are likely already comfortable with one another and can rely on each other.