Is it normal to hook up with your best friend

Its hard to transition from picking at each other in a brother-sister way to picking at each other in a boyfriend- girlfriend way.

Is the potential of hooking up/ dating your best friend worth the risks of making things super awkward/ losing their friendship entirely?

You and your friend are in the same friend group, you might try to keep it a secret if it was a one-time deal and you want to move past it.

Youve thought about hooking up with your friend for a while or it spontaneously happens one night, theres a lot that can happen when you take that next step.

Difficult part about friends with benefits is that you're in the same social circle and will run into each other.

You two were better off as friends but now its almost too late for realizing that.

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After ending a hook-up, it can be difficult to maintain a friendship, especially if someone becomes emotionally involved, says ryan, a sophomore from the university of connecticut.

Clare says that despite hooking up with her close friend a few times, they were able to laugh it off because of their strong friendship.

It was pretty devastating to me because i feel like he completely disregarded the fact that we were friends and that we could continue being friends without the weirdness.

Before doing anything, look at the level of friendship you have and whether you'd be comfortable asserting it with him after the fact.

Geoffrey greif, a professor at the university of maryland and author of buddy system: understanding male friendships, says that most romantic couples start as friends first, but its always important to think about how hooking up might negatively affect your friendship.

I regret hooking up with him now because we are not nearly as close as we were before we hooked up.

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Hooking up with your friends works out it's rare and special, but don't assume it's without its challenges.

.Whether your friends are weird because the dynamic of your group changed or they just want to push your buttons, be prepared to get the side comment or blatant joke about it.

.Because youre already friends, you have a good foundation for a relationship and it could be an easy transition.

[when i hooked up with my friend,] it was awkward the next morning, she says.

You realize your once best guy friend turned boyfriend is acting a lot like an annoying 7th grader.

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Its too late to go back to how things used to be because everyone now knows your relationship statuseven grandma.

His family loves you and thinks youre secretly dating anyways, so there will be nothing to worry about the first time you swing by as an official twosome.

And if you do hook up, then you have to deal with the what now?

.Whether you laugh it off or casually hook up more, theres always the chance that you and your friend are totally cool with each other post-hook-up.

[hooking up] can be a natural progression to a long-term relationship, but it can also be the basis for misunderstandings and a lost friendship, greif says.

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This is especially hard because with a deep friendship comes stronger feelings than a normal relationship that has just begun.

Along with the hookup came a lot of talks about our feelings and whats happening and what this means and omg i have no idea whats going on.

May be a bit of relationship remorse on someones part, which is much more painful when it comes from a friendship that was once so close.

Ive found it a lot harder to work at continuing the friendship, especially when it became more than a casual thing [usually on the girls end].

Im more comfortable with someone i know than [hooking up with] someone i don't know at all, says kim*, a sophomore from st.

I knew i could totally trust him because i knew him as [a] friend first, she says.

Basically have a key to their house and youre invited to all the family events.

.We asked collegiettes and the experts about what its really like to hook up with a friend, what to consider beforehand and how to deal afterwards.

One person may have thought of it as a one night hook up, the other may have much, much deeper feelings.

Hooking up all the time will only increase this feel-good flood, and the probability of having more feelings than you planned.

The initial comfort you found in your relationship is now peppered with internal questions and insecurities.

Think [my] biggest problem was that literally everyone in [my] friend group found out about it, says clare*, a sophomore from indiana university, of her friend hook-up.

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[my friend] and i hooked up regularly, so it was chill for a bit, says ralph*, a senior from syracuse university.

Clearly you care about the friendship, so you need to think about how much youre willing to risk when exploring a new dimension of your relationship.

When beginning a relationship with your best friend, you wont have to prepare for awkward first date conversations.

[after hooking up with my friend], i didnt see him or hear from him until i saw him the next week at the bar, and he completely ignored me, says steph*, a senior at notre dame university.

Dont have to get that annoying twinge in your gut when you see him in pictures with other girls.

According to gabby*, a senior at the university of delaware, hooking up with a friend might not be a bad idea if you see theres potential for a relationship.

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