As long as men and women been friends, there's been a debate on whether or not you should date each other and risk losing the friendship. Well, let's hear an expert opinion on the topic. Rachel Sussman - relationship expert, licensed psychotherapist, and author of The Breakup Bible: The Smart Woman's Guide to Healing From a Breakup or Divorce - weighs in on whether you should take your friendship to the next level.
sAre coed friendships really just the beginning of flourishing relationships? According to a recent report released by online dating sites ChristianMingle and JDate, 54 percent of singles would prefer to go on a date with someone who shares similar interests rather than any other trait, including humor, attractiveness, intelligence, and success. With the majority of singles looking for someone who shares their interests, dating your best friend can seem like it makes the most logical sense. You get to skip the awkward getting-to-know-each-other stage and jump right into a comfortable relationship with the person closest to you. But before you decide to declare your undying love for your bestie, you should seriously think about whether you're ready to put your friendship on the line.
In honor of National Best Friend Day (today), here are five things to consider if you're trying to decide whether it's time to turn your BFF into your BF:
Think about his feelings. Before you do anything, seriously consider how you think he feels. Are you confident there is a mutual desire on both sides of the friendship for something more? You don't want to get in a situation where he really only thinks of you as a friend, but feels pressured to give a romantic relationship a try because he doesn't want to hurt your feelings.