The phrase ‘friends with benefits’ is commonly used by Sugar Daddies and Sugar Babies in the ‘Arrangement I am Seeking’ section of their profiles on SeekingArrangement. Indeed, the idea of having a no-strings-attached quality friendship that includes benefits is synonymous with a NSA sugar arrangement according to many SD’s and SB’s.
Lily: “We are designed to be capable of multiple, quality friendships, and sugars are friends, after all. Friends with Benefits! If it was more than that, then it wouldn’t be an NSA sugar arrangement, it would be a traditional partner who you are auditioning for a live-in/full-time role, and the rules and expectations are certainly different for that.”
A new study led by Rebecca Plante of Ithaca College in New York which surveyed 14,000 U.S. University students found that ‘friends with benefits’ relationships (not treated with sugar), are usually ‘doomed to fail’.
Dr. Plante said: “The sexual context of ‘friends with benefits’ is largely undefined, which can make it very difficult to deal with when or if feelings change, such as when one of the pair wants to end the sex but remain friends or wants to become more than friends.”
While sugar relationships usually have a sexual context as well, they also involve other aspects, including different forms of compensation (financial, etc.) meant to ensure that the relationships are mutually beneficial.