The 16 Benefits Of Being The Third Wheel
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The 16 Benefits Of Being The Third Wheel

It doesn't have to be a terrible time every time.

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The 16 Benefits Of Being The Third Wheel
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We've all been there at least once. Whether is was planned or not, your friend is hanging out with their significant other and by some wild turn of events, you're there too. Society's general consensus is that this is the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Odd numbers are bad news. Someone has to walk behind on the sidewalk and someone has to sit alone in the backseat of the car. There's always going to be an "extra" person. As a professional third wheel, I can testify that there's plenty of potential for a terrible time, but if you're hanging out with the right people, it can actually be kind of fun.

1. You get an honorary new best friend

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2. Free things

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80% of guys feel bad when you have to pay for yourself and 100% of girlfriends make them feel bad if they already don't.

3. Informal relationship counselor training

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"Guys! Stop fighting!"

4. You're not a fifth wheel

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That's where it really gets weird.

5. You have two people looking out for you

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Whatever the circumstances, you're all in it together. If you're getting yourself into a sticky situation, there's always two people to get your unstuck.

6. And you get to look out for them

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It's a two way street. You have to make sure each of them and their relationship is safe at all times.

7. You're the official surprise planner

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Birthdays just became twice as fun.

8. You don't have to share

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Couples are obligated to share their food and their space and their entire lives. You get to live without the burden and you always get your own popcorn at the movies.

9. Opposite perspective on all your problems

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Sure your best friend is always good for advice, but you just got a whole new perspective from the other side.

10. You always have a backup plan

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Everyone else ditches you on a Friday night? No worries.

11. It's a learning experience

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You're silently taking notes on all the do's and don't's of relationships.

12. It's like a flashing sign that you're still single

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Nothing says single like sitting right next to the couple making out in public.

13. You don't have to go without cuddles

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As long as your best friend is in the middle, third wheel movie night doesn't have to be a lonely and uncomfortable experience.

14. If you need to, you can technically claim you're not single

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You're honestly part of their relationship at this point. If it's gonna get that creepy guy to leave you alone, you technically already have a boyfriend.

15. You didn't lose your best friend to their lover

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Some people disappear altogether when they get in a relationship and you can be thankful that didn't happen to you.

16. It gives you faith that true love might exist

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If they can have it, so can you. Maybe one day you'll have your own third wheel.

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