Friends with benefits relationships are friendships characterized by a sexual component and nowadays they represent a widespread phenomenon. The aim of this paper is to offer an overview of this topic for a deeper understanding of the characteristics of these relationships. A systematic search of scientific articles published in the lasts 15 years was performed using PsychInfo and Pubmed. The focus of the review concerning incidence, frequency and quality of the friends with benefits relationships, emotional and sexual satisfaction, degree of commitment, advantages and disadvantages, gender differences and similarities. Future insights are desirable in order to provide more information about critical elements and resources of these relationships in order to intervene effectively on the possible psycho- sexological implications.
Keywords: Relationships, fwb, friendship, casual sex, sexual health