My friend Audrey, who's had at least a dozen of these partners, ranging from a month to seven years long, makes sure never to confuse a booty call with a potential boyfriend."The best way to do it is to treat them lightly," she says.Chat with 1,000's of sexy local girls and men near you and then you can meet them for real sex and naughty fun. Join the site now, find a fuck buddy in the UK, get chatting and then meet up for a discreet fuck tonight!

Diana had been looking for a consistent, low-key hookup buddy for months, and Patrick had a hot body and was clearly into hers, too, so I asked why she didn't go for it.

"I had a great time, but it was too soon," she replied.

"You're in a gigantic gray area, and so much of the arrangement follows unspoken and unclear guidelines, which can get pretty complicated." As much as we might want sex to be simple, feelings, insecurities, and expectations often get in the way.

For my friend Tess, sex always goes hand in hand with emotions.

"Men have been conditioned to believe that their gender has perfected the art of keeping it casual, while women are weighed down by emotions," says sex and relationship expert Emily Morse, author of .

"But the truth is that many women are now open to the idea of keeping things casual, as long as their needs are being met and they feel a sense of control over the situation."My friend Amy agrees.

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"I can have sex without a full-blown emotional connection, but I'm not the type who can sleep with someone I've only met once or twice.

It just takes me a bit of time to feel comfortable," she says, "and if paying for dinner makes you feel like I owe you, then let me pick up the tab."Some of the trouble may come from the fact that age-old gender stereotypes and sex dynamics are changing, fast—and we're all still catching up, even in 2015.

"In my early twenties, it was easier because more people were single, and sometimes I'd hook up with my friends just because I felt comfortable with them," says Diana.