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Jealousy is the number one cause of destroyed friendships that developed into flirtationships, according to Spira.
“The number one way a flirtationship can hurt a friendship is if all of a sudden with all of this flirting foreplay you get this false sense that you’re in a relationship and maybe one person wants to be in a relationship with that person,” she says.
Flirtationships can be fun and silly, but they can also get awkward really fast (and potentially mean bad news for having a real relationship with that guy). This guide will give you the rules to live (and flirt) by. “A flirtationship is that fun and flirty in-between place of being just friends and without claiming that you’re in a relationship,” Spira says.
No, this isn’t a Friday night date with that cutie from class. We’ve all had those fun, flirty first date feelings: those butterflies-in-your-stomach, goose-bumpy feelings. I’m talking about flirtationships–that tricky in-between stage when you regularly flirt with a guy friend but for one reason or another, you do nothing more than that.
“I've had a few flirtationships, and they were entertaining, but I went too far when I accidentally got into one with my best guy friend,” she says.
“We had previously considered dating, but decided against it because we thought it would damage our friendship.
Or (worst-case scenario) they can fall apart completely, leaving out the idea of a possible relationship and the friendship too awkward to fall back on. It sounds like flirtationships can get emotionally complicated, and they can.
But sometimes, they can be an easygoing alternative to a relationship.
“Some of the best relationships start off with humor and wit and joking,” she says.I know it has a lot to do with sexual tension and repression on his end considering that his girlfriend lives hundreds of miles away from him... It's a mutual understanding that this is just how our friendship works, but I do know that his girlfriend would be devastated if she knew how we act around each other.” So far, it hasn’t ruined her friendship with Paul, but she cautions collegiettes that flirtationships are definitely “dangerous territory.” “When his girlfriend came to visit in December it was so awkward,” she says.“We always hug each other so when she was around I had to monitor my behavior to avoid any trouble.” The worst case scenario can happen when the whole flirtationship falls apart. A couple of drinks out at the bar and a hug that’s kept going for just a second too long. Like, your old friend from high school or that guy who lives down the hall in your dorm?And with some advice from Julie Spira, best-selling author and the Cyber Dating Expert, and stories from real collegiettes, you can take charge of your flirtationship. “More often than not, it does become a romantic relationship.