Here's a couple of examples of the other sorts of relationships you might have:
- Someone who you sometimes kiss
- Someone you share all of your deepest, darkest secrets and ask for advice all the time, but have no physical relationship with.
- Someone you're in love with, never kiss, but sometimes go to bed with when you're both tipsy
It's an interesting attitude to take when entering a new relationship - I asked my new squeeze, Mr Wonderful, out, and in response he said he didn't feel comfortable dating me but would be happy to be my FWB. We exchanged more information/ideas/impressions/expectations and realised that we both wanted the same things from one another, only I wanted to call it a romantic relationship and he wanted to call it an FWB arrangement. Neither term really described it adequately, so at the moment we're just not labelling it at all.
At the moment, the FWB label seems to fit better of the two but only marginally, and I'm convinced this is because our relationship is very physical at the moment because it's still such early days. Things with Mr Wonderful definitely feel different than things with 3. I think in the future other labels will get closer to describing it, and who knows, maybe one will stick.
But for now, there's not really any good way to describe our relationship other than Facebook's "It's Complicated".
This is really cool. It's really freeing.