Flowchart: Should You Take Your Friendship To The Next Level?

There’s the age old question, “Can men and women just be friends?” But there’s a second question that’s practically as ancient: “Should you just be friends or take it to the next level?” The upcoming film “One Day,” starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, explores that very notion by introducing audiences to Emma and Dexter, a pair of Brits that spend the night together their last night of college, and then decide to just be friends. The film — check out the trailer here — then shows them each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. Sometimes they’re together, sometimes they not, but you’ll have to watch the movie to see whether they end up together in the end. The film depicts an interesting dilemma; it can often be hard to decide whether getting romantic with a friend is worth the risk of losing the relationship entirely. If you could look into the future and see where you both are in your lives — how you’ve evolved, what other people you might meet, how your friendship might change if you didn’t get romantic — it might be easier to decide whether to take things to the next level.

Alas, my crystal ball is in the shop, so all we have for you (since you are neither Dexter nor Emma nor the protagonists in a feel good movie) is this handy flowchart. Say you’ve got a crush on your guy friend. He’d make a great boyfriend … or would he? Allow us to help you decide whether you should bother taking it to the next level with your potential BF-in-waiting.

This post was sponsored by the film “One Day,” which opens August 19, but the opinions expressed by the authors are their own.