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What Does FWB Mean? 

By Elisha Baba


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You’re texting someone when they use the acronym FWB, and you aren’t sure what they mean by it. FWB is an acronym often used in text messages and online dating.

What Does FWB Mean? 

What Does FWB Mean?

FWB is an acronym that stands for the words “friends with benefits,” and it is used to refer to a relationship that is sexual in nature but doesn’t have the commitment behind a romantic relationship.

FWB relationships can be platonic or have emotions that both parties are concealing. It is common to joke that FWB relationships “never work” because both parties end up falling in love or jealous of the others in the relationship.

How to Use FWB

  • “Want to be FWB?”
  • “I’m looking for a FWB relationship.”
  • “You know FWB relationships don’t work.”
  • “John? Isn’t he your FWB?”
  • “Nah, I don’t need a boyfriend. I have a FWB.”
  • FWB is a title for someone you are having sex with that you are not romantically involved with.

Using FWB the Right Way

The FWB acronym shouldn’t be used unless you have a friend with benefits or are speaking with someone who does. The acronym should be used to replace the long form of the three words in a sentence.

FWB Variations

There currently are no variations of the FWB acronym.

Should you worry about your child using the word FWB?

If you see your child receiving or sending a message with the acronym FWB, you may want to worry that they are sexually active with someone. If you have not already, it is time to discuss sex, STDs, and pregnancy with your child.

You may also want to talk to them about the aspects of a healthy relationship and the dangers of having a sexual relationship with someone they are not committed romantically to.