Finding a Roommate: Same or Opposite Sex?

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Finding a Roommate: Same or Opposite Sex?

Staff Writer · Sep 9, 2009

Finding a roommate is usually a difficult task. Do you ask friends or search for strangers? What about family members? Before you decide what type of people to ask, though, you need to ask yourself one question: Should your roommates be the same sex or the opposite sex?

Your Family Background

Finding a roommate who’s either the same sex or the opposite sex depends on a number of factors, the biggest of which is you and your background. If you grew up with siblings of the opposite sex, you’re more likely to handle having roommates of the opposite sex.

Just because you’re living with a member of the opposite sex, that doesn’t mean that you should feel uncomfortable. You should walk around in pajamas (or even boxers) if that’s who you are, just as you would around your siblings back home. If you don’t feel comfortable enough to be seen first thing in the morning-complete with messy hair and an unshaven or makeup-free face-by someone of the opposite gender, then look for roommates of the same gender.

You, Your Roommate(s) and Significant Others

If you have a multitude of roommates, the situation may not be that awkward, but if it’s just you and one roommate of the opposite gender, your and your roommate’s significant others could be hostile or jealous about the situation. Make sure your boyfriend or girlfriend has met your roommate and sees that you’re just friends. Unless…

The Problem of Possible Attraction

You may find yourself attracted to your roommate. Dating a roommate can be disastrous if the relationship doesn’t work out. Not only are you jumping ahead and already living together before you even go out, getting some alone time will become much more difficult. Breaking up could lead to you being without a home.

Finding a roommate of either gender is best when you believe you’ll come to like this person as a friend or acquaintance, not a potential mate. Perhaps seeing his or her worst habits early on can help out! Remember, you’re looking for someone who can be a responsible roommate, not a potential date.

There is no right or wrong solution to the task of finding a roommate of the opposite or same sex-it all depends on you and them. Ask yourself some questions that will tell you what can handle-and be honest with yourself.

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