Particularly if you were in a long-term relationship with her,” he says. If it's just an acquaintance from work, and he dated a woman you like, they broke up, then there is no reason why you couldn't date her,” says Sebastian Callow, a London-based dating coach for men. Experts recommend considering how long your friend and his ex dated (anything over six months is tricky territory as the emotional ties tend to be stronger); how old you are (one expert suggested that in our twenties, perceived slights carry more weight than when we're older and “more realistic”); why you're interested (do you lack the self confidence to approach a stranger?But what if you really, really fancy Sally, to the point you're picturing sleepy Sundays and all sorts of lovely, luscious romance? ); how much stress you're willing to endure; and ultimately what the friendship is worth.“You can try to handle it like an adult, being open and honest – but you will go down a notch on the friendship ladder,” agrees Nana Wereko-Brobby, director of Social Concierge, a London dating service.Nana points to the story of her friend Katie, a 27-year-old Londoner who lost a friendship when an ex got involved. Tell him what his friendship means to you,” suggests Irene La Cota, president of dating agency It's Just Lunch International.For those who are currently married, the rate was even higher.
But getting intimate with an acquaintance can cause more harm than good.“Friendships typically last a hell of a lot longer than romantic relationships, particularly 'potential' romantic relationships.The last thing you want to do is burn your bridges with those who will continue to support you and be around you the longest,” explains Callow.In a study released Thursday by Bravo Media, more than 1,000 people between the ages of 18 and 54 were polled to see if the risk of dating a best friend is worth the possibility of finding true love.Turns out, of the 76 percent of respondents who said they’d struck up a relationship with their best friend, 29 percent resulted in marriage.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.