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Spoiler alert, Harry meets Sally, Harry befriends Sally and the two fall madly in love.
It’s a narrative we’ve seen played out time and time again, spanning the Dukes of Shakespeare to the Hugh Grants of Richard Curtis.
In fact, some of the best relationships often start out as friendships.
Think of Sheryl Sandberg, who was friends with her late husband Dave for six years before they became romantically involved.
', which forces theme into a position of having to give you an answer, start flirting with them a little and see what happens.” Jones, however, advises being more straightforward.
“I think being honest and direct can save you a lot of grief and agonising,” he explains.
The only time friends with benefits can succeed is if you aren't really that bothered about each other - so you won't have been that good friends at all,” he said.
So bite the bullet, take the leap, embrace failure and any other romantic clichés you can think of.
"I think going from friends to more than that is often scary because if it doesn't go well, it's pretty much impossible to go back to your friendship the way it was before,” says 24-year-old Laura from London.
They’re the ones you laugh with, the ones you cry with and they often know you better than your own family.
So it makes sense that some of us are inclined to fraternise with friendship when both parties are of the same sexual orientation.
“The purity of an initial friendship allows you to see someone’s character before it’s blurred by sexual intentions and wanting to ‘get’ something physical out of it,” dating expert Matthew Hussey told Certainly, no relationship can stand the test of time without the foundations of a strong friendship, agrees love and relationships author Daniel Jones.
“The most enduring romantic relationships - long-term marriages and partnerships - end up being much more about compatibility and companionship than sexuality,” he told us.