Should You Date Your Best Friend？
Gary W. Lewandowski Jr.
Having a romantic partner who is also your best friend potentially sounds perfect. With your BFF as your romantic partner， you get the best of both worlds， someone with whom you can laugh， share your life and cuddle.
To help figure out how many best-friend couples are out there， we asked 801 adults across the United States the following question: “Do you consider your partner to be your best friend or do you call somebody else your best friend？”
Among adults currently in a romantic relationship， the vast majority （83 percent） considered their current partner to be their best friend. For those who are currently married， the rate was even higher. The overall numbers from this recent poll dwarf the earlier reported rate of best-friend romantic partners. In a 1993 study， only 44 percent of college students indicated their romantic partner was also their best bud.
Couples now expect their relationships to promote personal growth and help individuals fulfill their own goals. In order to hit all these self-improvement targets， you may need more from a spouse or romantic partner than was expected in years past – and a partner who is also your best friend may be a step in the right direction.
We wanted to see if these best-friend romances were really better. To do that， we asked poll respondents， “How satisfied are you with your current relationship？” We then compared those who said their partner was their best friend to those who responded