3. Natural progression
In any relationship developing the bond of friendship is very important because it shows that a couple is comfortable and honest with each other. This makes the progression to next level easier and the relationship will be successful because certain quirks or habits that might annoy you in a hook-up partner, is actually endearing because you understand where it comes from. Being a friend sets the table and gives a fluid opportunity to exchange likes, dislikes, information about family and friends, pet peeves, favorite vacation spots etc. After that is established, the intimate part is icing on the cake.