I think the past couple of relationships have taught me a few things about the opposite sex as well as about myself. I've come to a conclusion that being friends with someone prior to jumping into a relationship is ideal. This is for a few reasons: 1. You already know each other pretty well (likes/dislikes) 2. You know if you 2 are compatible with eachother 3. If things go wrong.... your friendship will usually still stay intact (after some time). Assuming it isn't because of some infidelity. I feel these relationships last alot longer than relationships that start off completely unexpected (i.e. hook up with someone from a party). that's just my .02 cents. WTF do I know, I am 23 and haven't been with anyone longer than 6 months! but I do think this is very true.