"My friendships with men are far less complex than my relationships with women," a female with this position might say."We can play sports and just have fun."In our informal survey of people who are "just friends" with someone of the opposite sex, we heard a number of positive remarks.They may just feel flattered that their friends find them sexually attractive.Research has also shown that a majority of cross-sex friendships prevail over time even when there are unresolved romantic feelings.This can create confusion amongst male-female friend pairs regarding the status, roles, and boundaries of their friendship.It can also lead to a brief sexual encounter (which is especially common in college students), a long-term romance, or rejection if the feelings aren’t mutual or if one person is unavailable.Rebecca Plante, an associate professor at Ithaca College, has specialized in research on casual relationships, and says that this type of relationship can be beneficial. "Eros" lovers are lovers that are often struck by "Cupid's Arrow".Casual relationships can establish a "healthy outlet for sexual needs and desires." J. They often fall head over heels at the first sight of a potential relationship.
The shift from childhood to adulthood brings on much exploration in different fields. A study published by the Archives of Sexual Behavior reported that sixty percent of college students have participated in a casual relationship.Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan's tumultuous and endearing friendship is only a stage in the development of the more celebrated attachment of falling in love.On the other hand, there are those who are seemingly surprised by the question and argue that of course male-female friendships are possible; why wouldn't they be?Wayne State University and Michigan State University conducted a similar survey and sixty-six percent of the undergraduates in this study said they had also been in a casual relationship. Barnes: The psychology of love journal, has come up with two main types of lovers for college aged young adults.About half of this sixty-six percent said they were currently in such a relationship. They are "Eros" lovers who are passionate lovers and "Ludas" or "Ludic" lovers, which are game-playing lovers.