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Is it possible for a hookup to turn into a relationship?

Is it possible for a hookup to turn intoa relationship?

Hoping One Person Enters

A hookup is a relationship, HOPE. It may be a short-term relationship, but it's a relationship regardless.

And, yes, a short-term hookup can turn into a long-term relationship, HOPE, but not if you're treating your hookups like shit (because they're only hookups!) and not if you're willing to let the people you hook up with treat you like shit (because you're only a hookup). Treat your hookups like people you might actually see again - like human beings with human feelings, not just human holes and/or poles - and you might actually see them again.

Now, sometimes people hook up with strangers precisely because they wanna have sex with someone they don't know and don't expect to see again. And that's not always a bad idea: Having sex with someone who you don't expect to see again can be very liberating. A girl who can't let herself go with a guy she's dating - maybe she fears being slut- or nympho-shamed by a boyfriend - will grind the dick off a hookup. And it can be easier to ask someone you don't expect to see again to do something kinky. Say a straight boy has always wanted a girl to put him in her panties and peg his ass. He could ask a girlfriend to do that for him, sure, but the stakes are higher. What if she freaks out and dumps him, and blabs to her friends - and his - about why she dumped him?

People who divide the fuckable world into those they care about (and can't open up to sexually) and those they don't care about (and can open up to sexually but won't date) wind up having awesome sex with people they don't know and lousy sex with people they marry. That's not a good strategy for anyone interested in a successful - and sexually fulfilling - long-term relationship.

So here's what you should do, HOPE: Be uninhibited with your hookups while treating them like people you might actually see again and insist on being treated that way in return. Don't hook up with people who treat you like shit; don't treat the people you hook up with like shit. Even if you know you're not going to see someone again - maybe they're not someone you would date or circumstances are such that you couldn't date them even if you wanted to (business trip, European vacation, spring break, etc.) - treat your hookups with kindness, respect and gratitude.

Finally, HOPE, some people treat hookups like shit - only after they've come, natch - because they want their hookups to understand that they're not interested in a relationship. That's not just assholery, assholes, it's completely unnecessary assholery. If someone was kind enough to suck your dick or fuck your brains out - if someone hooked up with your ass - a little kindness and consideration isn't too much to ask. If you're worried that your hookup might misinterpret “kindness and consideration” for “I want to be with you forever,” tell them - gently and directly - that you're not interested in a relationship.

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