"Teens risking more 'friend with benefits' encounters"

by Barbara F. Meltz,
Boston Globe,
Published December 30, 2004

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  Not long ago, if a teen was in a longstanding relationship it was reason to worry. It meant they probably were having sex.

These day, it's more likely they're not in a relationship and having sex anyway.

Their partner is likely to be a "friend with benefits." That means they hang in the same group and know each other at least casually, but they don't spend hours IMing or talking on the phone or even talking at all. They aren't holding hands in the hall or buying each other trinkets, either. In fact, signs of affection are against the rules. It's also a no-no to have feelings about the person or to behave like a couple. If there is sex a second or third time, it is unusual, and more likely they just move on to another partner. That's all it is: serial sex.

With FWB or "hooking up" (a term as unspecific and encompassing as "making out" once was), foreplay typically isn't more than, "Do you want to ?"

Researchers don't know how prevalent FWB is; it varies from one high school or college campus to another. But they know it's popular and growing.