9 Good Reasons Friendship Should Be the Basis of Any Relationship

It’s not always easy to predict how things will turn out when dating somebody new.

Will the two of you end up walking down the aisle; will you end up driving each other crazy, or will the communication simply die out with time, without the spark to carry you past the second date?

There are so many ways a new relationship prospect can go; however, there is one small piece of advice that could make your life so much easier.

That bit of advice is to build a friendship with somebody first, before dating them.

“Build a friendship first?” you may be saying. “But that could take ages!”

The truth is that yeah, being friends with somebody before considering a relationship with them does put the brakes on things a little.

However, there are many good reasons for this, for which we’re sure you’ll thank us later.

Here are 9 good reasons all relationships should be preceded by friendship.

1. You’ll both have shared interests.
Why do we become friends with people? Well, it usually all starts with having similar interests and hobbies. It’s often one of the simplest foundations on which most friendships flourish.

If you and your partner were friends first, you’ll likely already know how they’d like to spend their Friday night, or what they’d like to do on their day off. Similarly, spending time together will be easier, as you won’t need to segregate time apart in order to do the things you both love.

Of course, you guys won’t agree on everything, and that person doesn’t have to be a carbon copy of you (and shouldn’t be). But if you’re both into hiking, healthy eating and watching conspiratorial documentaries, the chances are you’ll enjoy spending time together more than if you had to compromise on these things.

2. You’ll already have what it takes to make a relationship work
This isn’t to say that every friendship will or should lead to a relationship (some people are just friends for a reason!).

But most good friendships naturally involve trustworthiness, fun, loyalty, honesty and genuine connection – all of the qualities it takes to make a relationship work. Therefore, if you and your friend do decide to take things to the next level, a strong foundation will already have been paved.

3. It removes a huge amount of pressure
Forming a friendship with someone removes all of the usual pressures that often come with dating.

The pressure to perform in the bedroom, or to put across only the side of yourself you think the other one will like, can often get in the way of an otherwise great relationship.

When you build a friendship, you can allow yourself to be vulnerable; to be honest, and to have that person see you at your worst as well as your best. There’s also less fear of rejection – so if a disagreement or obstacle did arise, you’re less likely to compromise your morals in order to still be attractive to the other person.

After being friends for a while, you can of course introduce the usual pressures of dating later on, but you’ll be much better equipped to handle them.

4. You’ll find the other person more attractive
Research has shown that we find people more attractive the longer we know them (or are friends with them).

In a study by researchers at the University of Texas, students were asked to rate one another at the beginning and end of the semester. Overall, ratings increased over time, with sixes becoming nines in a matter of weeks.

This suggests that aesthetics have less to do with it than we think. By simply getting to know one another and forging connections, the way we perceive others immediately becomes more favourable.

5. The most enduring romantic relationships are more about compatibility than sexuality
Time and time again, studies have shown that long-lasting love is more about compatibility and companionship than sexuality.

The same researchers at the University of Texas carried out another study in which they interviewed 167 long-term couples. 40% of those couples said they were friends before their relationship began, suggesting there’s a lot to be said for getting to know your interest on a platonic level.

6. Initial first impressions aren’t coloured by physical attraction or lust
More often than not, it’s easy for people to fall into a relationship simply by hearing the ‘right’ things. Similarly, when we fall for someone physically, that lust and desire to ‘get’ something physical from the relationship may blind us to who they really are.

Becoming friends first, with no physical expectations, allows us to step back and see if that person is truly a good match for us. You’ll be able to see that person exactly as they are, in a range of emotional states and scenarios, and decide whether their personality truly meets your standards or whether your values really align.

That way, there’s less time and heartache spent if nothing romantic comes out of the relationship.

7. You’ll have more experience communicating with each other
All too often, couples get into arguments not because they disagree, but because they simply misinterpret each other or have trouble saying what they really mean.

We all have different ways of expressing our feelings and labelling emotions. In fact, while some couples might be on the same page semantically, they can be speaking entirely different ‘love languages’, which leads to a lot of mixed messages or crossed wires.

As friends, however, you’ll be less likely to experience this problem. Friends have usually learned to interpret one another’s language and communicate in a way that is free and easy, especially if they have been friends a long time. Therefore, when you become lovers, you’ll find it much easier to get your meaning across and enjoy a mutual understanding.

8. You can still date other people
By not committing to a relationship too early, you’ll be free to explore other possibilities whilst still enjoying and building a budding friendship.

Even if you feel strongly about one person and are sure they are “the one”, it’s a good idea to still date other people, in case the right one for you is still out there.

9. Friendships keep us rational, stable and logical
We all know that relationships can do funny things to people. Because emotions run high in a relationship, we’re all too likely to become a little irrational, clingy or do something rash in an ‘act of love’.

However, in friendships we tend to be much more grounded. We’re always kind to a friend; we look out for their best interests, and play an equal part in the partnership. Because there’s no feeling of ownership (at least, there shouldn’t be), people are less likely to become possessive or controlling.

Of course, there’s always a chance you might become that crazy person after you’ve started dating your friend. But if the friendship is strong, and the fit is right, it’ll be much more likely to handle it.

A ‘friends first’ approach to dating
It may be difficult to get your head around this new approach to dating at first. Thanks to GreyZone Club, you could meet people with a difference and find true friendship that could lead to a meaningful relationship.

Set against the backdrop of London’s exciting nightlife scene, GreyZone Club offers the chance to meet people on the same wave-length through unique events like speed dating, singles nights, masquerade balls and other themed parties.

As the only dating agency in London with a ‘friends first’ approach to dating, GreyZone Club helps busy, ambitious professionals meet like-minded people in a way that seamlessly fits their lifestyle.

So ditch the monotony of swiping left and right and replace it with exciting, real-life situations, by becoming a member of GreyZone Club.

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How the Modern Age of – ISH Affects Dating

Even the word, dating, is enough to cause many of us to sigh or shudder as we remember THAT terrible first date (details omitted for a reason). In a world of swiping at our fingertips, growing polyamory and a ‘thankyou next’ attitude, dating culture is possibly taking a turn for the worse. We smile fondly as we listen to the romantic stories of how our grandparents met and, the very same evening we get into bed and fulfil our daily ‘routine’ of scrolling through our online matches, rolling our eyes before heading to work again the next day.

Love today is as much a desire for humanity as it was in the days of exchanging wax-sealed letters but oh, how it’s evolved. Apps, updating our bios so we seem that bit more interesting and attending those downright weird London dating events are all part of the act. And, all of this because we believe in the hope of finding the one.

 

Have we complicated the notion of dating, or is dating truly more difficult in the  XXI century?

 Elite dating in and outside of London has evolved due to cultural shifts and increasing social media use. Reading between the lines, cyber-stalking our love interests by keeping tabs on what they’re ‘liking’ and avoiding asking direct questions have all been born from the use of such platforms. With less face-to-face communication, we quickly sift through people and as swiftly move on. Everything seems to have taken on an ‘ISH’ status when it comes to dating.

 Having consistently dated(ish) someone for 2-3 months, the guise of knowing the person can quickly shatter leaving you promising yourself you’ll not go through it all again. But, you quickly find yourself sat at a table at yet another singles event in London staring into the abyss of an all too familiar glass of merlot. Whether you’re simply looking for a hookup or something more serious you can push beyond the vicious cycle of apps such as Tinder, Bumble and Hinge. The answer is GreyZone Club.

 While you want to be anything but in the ‘grey zone’ so to speak, you CAN have fun while dating and break things up. Hosting single nights, GreyZone Club is the perfect place for dating for professionals. You get to choose your own dating style and say goodbye to the ambiguity of dating-ish. With a range of party themes and fun to be had, you may just find your next exciting person and the rest can be history.

Life in London can be complicated enough, take the stress out of dating and say hello to a new way of dating in the capital city…

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The Difficulties of Elite Dating in London

 

With a population of over 8 million, over half of whom are single, you’d think that dating in London would be a doddle, right? Wrong. London dating can be a difficult and frustrating experience. It’s a busy and unique city and it’s citizens can get caught up in the pace and complexity of the London lifestyle. So what makes London dating so difficult and how can it be overcome?

Dating in London: common problems

Dating in London is different from dating in other places. This mainly comes down to the size and pace of the city. It’s much bigger and more densely populated than other places in the UK. Unlike smaller towns and cities, you won’t regularly bump into the same people. Even close friends you might only see once every few months due to busy schedules and geographical distance.

This means it can be difficult to meet new people in London and form close bonds, which might explain why so many of London’s singletons invest their hopes in dating apps and sites. Another problem is the sheer amount of things to do in London. There are over 200 theatres, over 250 museums and galleries and over 300 nightclubs in the UK capital. This might sound great but, from a dating perspective, it can offer too much choice. Planning activities take a whole evening in itself. “Choice paralysis” is a common problem, with many a first date sullied by indecision or disagreements on where to go and what to do.

Londoners are also very career orientated. The average Londoner will spend more time at work than average, meaning that social time ends up squeezed. With less time to date and fewer opportunities to meet potential partners, Londoners are more likely to invest in quick fixes such as online dating sites, dating sites for professionals and speed dating London events.

How and where to meet people in London

The key to meeting people in a city like London is to maximise your opportunities of crossing paths with those who share your interests. The best way to meet new people is to look for meetup groups or clubs based around a passion or activity (e.g. sports or cultural activity), or to use a site such as Greyzone Dating that can help put you in touch with elite singles whose interests match yours.

Greyzone dating can not only link you up with common soul mates, we can also help you plan great first date ideas to take the pressure off that tricky first discussion before you’ve even met up with your companion. Membership of our club can also gain you access to exclusive deals and discounts to the best that London has to offer. This can include things such as:

  • West End shows
  • Great nights out at beautiful rooftop bars in London
  • London theatre shows
  • Enjoying a first date at a top restaurant in London

So if you’re a Londoner fed up of the usual online dating and tiresome singles night options, maybe it’s time to think of a different approach and broaden your chances of making a true meaningful connection in a fast-paced city.

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