Research on Inter-Sexual Friendship Apparently this "just friends" question was pondered by others beginning about a decade ago. It is as if something within me doesnt let me do it. I know you've only been exclusive for two months, but given that she initiated that after six, she may have a timeline in mind that you're unaware of: If that is the case your wants and needs are incompatible. Do this after Valentine's Day, because there's no need to be a jerk. Yet others talk about their pre-existing "boyfriend" or "girlfriend", letting others know that "friendship only" is available. I think you could give it some more time, but probably not much more than a year all told. The title of the question at the top of this page specifies "but no love". So, if you want something specific out of a friendship, it is important to show it. Remember, however, that if they take offense or would rather be with someone exclusively then you can both easily go your separate ways. Both of those articles received a good deal of commentary and stirred debate. For example, a man may claim he desires only companionship, when he really wants a girlfriend. There's no need to apologize. Whatever happens, be as honest as possible with her for why; it might be more painful at the time, but what makes relationships meaningful is what you take away or learn from then. In general, many of these benefits and costs were the same for both men and women.