Both parties need to be completely turned off by the thought of a boyfriend or girlfriend.If one person develops feelings for the other, which is often the case, it needs to be addressed. Dating is often the result of a relationship starting out as two friends that eventually move to the “benefit” part.
This limbo space can be really confusing, because friends are already really chummy and loving and can be touchy-feely and amazing listeners and supportive AF — in other words, the sorts of characteristics that people in a romantic relationship usually exhibit.
No matter what the circumstances or the situation, whether you're the one with the secret crush, you suspect your friend likes you, or it's a mix of the two, here are some reliable flags to tell if your friendship is becoming something more. If you're sitting around zoning out about your friend in class or at work, you have feelings for them.
How do you know that a garden variety friendship has turned into something romantic? It can be hard to tell — one minute you're dishing with your BFF about spin class and your love of frozen yogurt, the next minute you're wondering if your pal is about to lean across the couch and kiss you.
But before, after and in between those two moments, there can be lots of signals that your friend has a crush on you — or that you have a crush on them, or that you are both super hung up on each other and it's only a matter of time before you start making out.
However, you have not yet reaching the dating stage, no matter how serious things seem to have gotten, without the timeless “boyfriend/girlfriend” conversation. The key to each of these relationships is communication, so talk to your partner about where they feel you both are at as well.
Once you realize you have feelings for a person, and you are physically attracted to them along with their personality, then why not start dating? Who knows, maybe your friend with benefits wants more…