• Off-limits survey

Is it ok to date a friend's ex?

Does knowing you can’t be with someone make them more desirable? One in four people are currently ‘crushing’ on somebody who is completely ‘off-limits’, according to new research.

Additionally, seven in ten of those currently crushing have either acted on those feelings or are planning on acting on them.

The most off-limits person, according to the poll, is a friend’s partner (50%), with second place going to anybody who’s already in a relationship.

Is it okay to date your friend’s partner if they break up though? According to the results, it’s never okay, as a friend’s ex-partner was the third most off-limits person.

An ex-partner’s sibling (34%) and somebody 20+ years your junior or senior (32%) also scored high marks.


But just because they’re off-limits doesn’t mean we don’t pursue it anyway. In fact, one in ten participants said they’ve actually acted on a crush on a housemate, while another one in five said they’ve gotten physical with someone in a relationship.

But while forbidden fruit might taste sweetest, act on those taboo feelings at your own peril, because 59% of those who did so actually regretted it after.

Additionally, half had to deal with repercussions that stemmed from the ‘romantic event’, with 63% saying they had a falling out with the off-limits person after, and another 51% saying they lost a friend over the ordeal.

One in three even had to leave their job because of it!


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Author: Rebecca

Rebecca lives in London with her husband, daughter and dachshund. She hopes her dating blogs for Flame Introductions will inspire you to seek out the best London and UK locations for brilliant dates, and discover some tips along the way to help you find your perfect partner.