A common question when it comes to love and romance involves dating a friend. Many people have had romantic feelings for one of their close friends, but hesitated to act on those feelings because they were unsure of whether or not it was a good idea. We're breaking down the pros and cons of dating your best friend below!
One of the biggest pros of dating your best friend is that you're already really comfortable with them. You get to skip right over that whole “getting to know one another” phase. You're already familiar with what they like and dislike, and they're already familiar with yours. It's also likely that you already know one another's families and you have the same friend group, so you don't have to worry about making a good impression with new people. This all means that the relationship is super comfortable and casual from the get-go and the two of you can settle into the “lovey-dovey” happy phase right away.
The biggest cons surrounding dating your best friend all involve the possible end of the relationship. When you begin dating anyone, you never know how the relationship will ultimately end up. It could last forever or it could crash and burn after a month. You just never know. If you start dating your best friend and things end badly, it could lead to a whole host of problems. For starters, you've just lost a great friendship. It's unlikely that that the two of you will just go back to being friends after a bad breakup. Another problem is the way it could affect your entire friend group. If you share a mutual group of friends, these friends will now feel obligated to “pick a side.” They won't feel comfortable staying friends with both of you, so they will be put in the awkward position of choosing who they should stay friends with!
So What Should You Do?
Basically…it's up to you! The decision to date you best friend could be the greatest choice you've ever made…or it could ruin a great friendship. The only way to know is if you try, so you need to decide whether you are willing to risk the friendship to see if the two of you are soulmates. Best of luck to you!