The question remains, how do you know when it’s time to take things up a notch and, more importantly, how can you tell if your feelings are reciprocated?
“Think about how much time you spend together on your own,” suggests dating expert James Preece.
They’re the ones you laugh with, the ones you cry with and they often know you better than your own family.
So it makes sense that some of us are inclined to fraternise with friendship when both parties are of the same sexual orientation.
“I see a lot of stories where people never admit to their feelings and just keep hoping the other person will figure out how they feel, but that can turn into a kind of prolonged torture. Don't build it up with all kinds of weighty baggage that backs the other person into a corner.” That’s not to say that coming clean is easy, when friends begin dating each other, there’s naturally a lot more at stake.
"I think going from friends to more than that is often scary because if it doesn't go well, it's pretty much impossible to go back to your friendship the way it was before,” says 24-year-old Laura from London.
Naturally, these rates increased hugely over time, explaining how – in numerical terms - a "six" can easily become a "nine" in a matter of weeks.
In other words, when it comes to long-term attraction, aesthetics has very little to do with it.
Think of Sheryl Sandberg, who was friends with her late husband Dave for six years before they became romantically involved.Then there’s Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, who met on the set of That 70s Show and started dating 14 years later.So, why is it that platonic familiarity so frequently leads to romance?They might not say much but you'll be able to read a lot into their body language and their willingness to discuss the topic.” Jones believes that in order for a friendship to turn into something more, there has to be a looming, momentous change in one of your lives i.e. “That's when friends often end up in bed together,” he told -style confession, according to Hussey.
“Instead of telling someone 'I like you, what do you think?
“The purity of an initial friendship allows you to see someone’s character before it’s blurred by sexual intentions and wanting to ‘get’ something physical out of it,” dating expert Matthew Hussey told Certainly, no relationship can stand the test of time without the foundations of a strong friendship, agrees love and relationships author Daniel Jones.