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No Strings Attached: Real Responses On Open Relationships

open relationship (n.) - an interpersonal relationship in which the parties want to be together but agree to a form of a non-monogamous relationship.

We live in a society where nothing is sacred anymore -- not even the bond between two people in a relationship. You have your situationships -- [see article here] and then you have your open relationships where technically you're in a relationship, but there are no strings attached -- in other words you have the luxury of dibble and dabbling as you please. But doesn't that take about the idea of being in a relationship? Why would you want to be with someone that isn't necessarily exclusively yours? They say sharing is caring, but in this case I would say probably not.
I had the opportunity of asking a group of both men and women their honest opinions on open relationships via text and I was rather surprised at the amount of guys who obliged. I figured the majority of guys would be down for something like that.
Here's what they said when asked whether they would ever be open to being in an open relationship:

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It's clear that the majority of people are against open relationships, but at the end of the day it's a personal decision that needs to be communicated between two people.
Jealousy will definitely be a huge factor when it comes to agreeing to have an open relationship. If you're up for that, but all means -- do you boo.

At the end of the day, my philosophy is -- a relationship is between two people. Respect that or just be single.


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thanks Liz!!! I rather be exclusive to a person as well. if I wanted to enjoy myself and live that lifestyle, I would def just be single. I don't like sharing. I feel like two people in an open relationship would have to be very patient, have a lot of patience and be a non jealous individual. nobody is going to fall under all three of those categories @LizArnone
@jordanhamilton you have to go into the relationship with the mindset of not developing feelings with each other and part ways the moment feelings arise. When you meet someone who just captivates you, simply don't do this
It would def be hard for most people because it's normal for us to catch feelings for someone super quick. I don't think open relationships are productive, but I'm only speaking for myself. what works for some, won't work for others. @EddiePozo
@EddiePozo that's the mentality I use for casual hookups. I don't do the casual thing with people i think are going to fall for me; i choose very carefully so i know nobody's emotional toes will get stepped on. I'm pretty good at not catching feelings because i've had a lot of practice with it... by now, i'm good at keeping the physical and emotional separate. but if feelings do start to develop, i either try to stifle them by taking a bit of distance from that person and seeing other people for a while, or if they don't feel the same way, part ways. it's just what you gotta do.
@allischaaff I get exactly what you're saying, unfortunately it's hard for me to separate the idea of falling for someone from not falling for someone. I feel like if I'm engaging with a person in any kind of way whether it be on a mental level or a physical level, eventually i will catch feelings. with that being said I don't think I could ever do the open relationship thing or the casual dating. I love the idea of being able to call someone my own, but then again at the end of the day casual dating is simply just being single -- so I guess it all works out. I just fall easily (a gift and a curse) so I have to be careful what I get myself into sometimes because idk how to always separate emotional feelings from physical feelings.