The differentiation between the Fuck Buddy and Friend with Benefits relationships is a particularly poignant finding in Wentland and Reissing's (2011) study.
Young adults were expected to distinguish between Friends with Benefits and Fuck Buddy relationships (Mongeau et al.
Differentiating Friends with Benefits versus Fuck Buddy
Specifically, when presented with the definition for Friends with Benefits, a significantly larger proportion of men chose the definition for Fuck Buddy compared to women (z = 3.
For Booty Call, Fuck Buddy, and Friends with Benefits, a significantly higher proportion of women with sexual intercourse experience identified the definitions compared to men with sexual intercourse experience.
gt;81%) correctly identified the definitions that corresponded to the One Night Stand, Booty Call, Fuck Buddy, and Friends with Benefits labels.
In addition to the main findings of this study, this is the first quantitative comparison to clearly and specifically delineate the Fuck Buddy relationship as a stand-alone relationship, as initially proposed by Wentland and Reissing (2011) and most similar to Mongeau and colleagues' (2013) 'just sex' sub-type of Friends with Benefits.
For example, if some men do not differentiate the Friends with Benefits or Fuck Buddy terms, miscommunicating their intentions to their partners could affect expected behaviour in that relationship.
For the Booty Call, Fuck Buddy, and Friends with Benefits relationships, a significantly larger proportion of women chose the corresponding definitions compared to men; this finding was trending toward significance for the One Night Stand relationship.
hooking up) obscures the subtle, yet complex, nuances that distinguish the singular sexual encounter of the One Night Stand, the ongoing but impersonal and utilitarian Booty Call, the more personal but sexually-focused Fuck Buddy, and the most complex and involved Friend with Benefits relationships.