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    Matthew Frank

    The Fine Print of Being Friends With Benefits With a Much Younger Man: Paying Attention to the Details

    Being in a friends-with-benefits relationship with someone much younger can be complicated and strange, filled with highs and lows that require careful navigation. Although you may enjoy the fun and carefree nature of such an arrangement – perhaps even more so because of the age difference – stopping to consider the details is important to make sure no one gets hurt.

    At first glance, being “friends with benefits” with someone much younger has its perks. On the surface, it could mean some interesting companionship, enviously good looks, or a chance to let loose and feel young again. there is much less pressure when compared to a traditional romantic relationship because the commitment is limited. Since the relationship isn't defined, people can often get away with saying and doing outrageous things simply because “it’s what friends do.”

    There are risks, however, that should be taken into account before entering into a friends-with-benefits relationship with someone much younger. To begin with, if you’re more than 8-10 years older than your partner, you have to be aware that the relationship isn't going at the same speed as you probably want it to. If a younger person hasn’t really lived life yet and figured out what they truly want, they could drag the relationship, making it less fulfilling for both of you. It's not uncommon for ages to influence preferences, values, and what two people expect out of their relationships, meaning they are not on the same page.

    You also face potential stigmas which, depending on where you live, could be a serious thing. Depending on the age gap, by getting involved in such a relationship you might find yourself getting stares and whispers as you walk down the street. Then, of course, there is the potential jealousy factor since you’re both single and may be seeing other people.

    On top of the issues mentioned above, dating someone significantly younger presents some legal ramifications which you should be aware of. If you are under a certain age, the law may view your relationship differently and make important decisions for you. Make sure you know the laws in your state or country about such relationships and go over them together with your younger partner.

    It's important to realize that any relationship means taking it slow. Taking the time to talk about what each expects from the relationship – if anything – could help clarify doubts and allow thus creating more secure footing to move forward. even if you have found a younger partner interested in a friends-with-benefits relationship, it’s best to follow the golden rule: treat the partner as you'd want to be treated. After all, respect, healthy communication, and mutual understanding usually produce the best outcomes.

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