Casual Relationships

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Casual relationship is a phrase used to describe the physical and emotional relationship between two people who may have a sexual relationship or a near-sexual relationship without necessarily expecting a more formal romantic relationship. It is typically more than simple casual sex, which has little or no emotional element, and different from a one-night stand, as the relationship extends beyond a single sexual encounter. Related language used are fuck buddies and my casual dating friend – sometimes people can have more than one casual relationship at a time.

A casual relationship may be part time, or for a limited time, and may or may not be monogamous. The term encompasses friendships between people who enjoy each other's physical intimacy but do not aspire to be long-term partners. In each case, the relationship's importance in the lives of those involved is being voluntarily selected, and there is usually a sense that the relationship is intended to endure only so long as both parties wish it to.

To the extent such relationship include casual sexual contact, the relationship is generally focused on fulfilling sexual rather than romantic or emotional needs. Motives for casual relationships vary, and should be distinguished from casual sex, which is a specific type of casual relationship. Casual relationships sometimes include mutual support, affection and enjoyment, which underpin other forms of loving relationship.

The television programme Sex and the City focused on casual sexual relationships and the emotional side of these things. The intent of a casual relationship can vary: sometimes to relieve sexual frustrations and other times simply as a friendship or part-time relationship, which includes sexual activity when wished. Usually a casual relationship is not intended as a monogamous relationship. It is also not always synonymous with casual sex, since it might even not include sex.

Sometimes both parties are free to date and engage in sex acts with other persons, however, others choose to have exclusive casual relationships. These types of relationships effectively give an outlet for sexual and intimacy needs without the potential stress and time-demands of a committed relationship. Two people may elect to become friends with benefits because they are unwilling to commit to a full-fledged relationship or long term relationship for whatever reason. This arrangement can develop in many ways. Platonic friends may decide to engage in a no strings casual relationship with each other to satisfy sexual desires, as it is usually more acceptable to the friends and to society than casual sex with a stranger. In some cases, societal pressures can sometimes influence the formation of such a relationship, as peers or elders of two platonic friends suggest they begin a romantic relationship as they "look so good together", but the two friends are not romantically attracted. A one-night stand or casual sex can evolve into a casual relationship if both partners wish to expand the scope and/or duration of the relationship. Conversely, a romantic relationship may devolve into a casual relationship when a couple who recognizes that there is no potential for a formal committed relationship nonetheless agree to maintain the friendship and, at least in the short-term, the sexual relationship.

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