Sometimes, the line between friendship and romance is a little blurry. You spend a lot of time together, you care about each other — but is it actually a good idea to date a friend? On the one hand, you could ruin the friendship, but on the other hand, you already have a strong foundation for something more. And sometimes, that's a great thing.
"Dating a good friend is often a good idea," relationship therapist Aimee Hartstein, LCSW tells Bustle. "Relationships based in friendship already have a solid base." That being said, it's always going to be a risk, so if you're thinking about dating a friend, then it's important to be sure that you're ready for the consequences.
It's important to remember that the criteria for friendship doesn't always line up to the criteria you have for someone you want to be in a relationship with. "The best way to tell if you are better off as friends is [asking yourself] how much you respect their values," life coach Kali Rogers tells Bustle. "We can be friends with a lot of people with varying values, but it's totally different when you start dating them."
Still, if they seem to tick all of the boxes and the chemistry is there, then it may be something to consider. Here's what love experts say you should know before you date a good friend.