"It requires a high level of trust to allow a partner to have a so-called platonic relationship." Famously, Billy Crystal's character in the film When Harry Met Sally opines that men and women can never be friends "because the sex part always gets in the way".
But for the most part, the Rentafriend phenomenon is not about members of the opposite sex getting together.
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Others want someone to share their passion for mountain biking, or table tennis, or the theatre, or for getting stoned. They aren't on the lookout for curvy women or men who boast about how good they are in bed, and explicitly detail the reason why.
She's looking for someone to chat to "so when I go there, I will have someone to know and help me understand the culture".
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No embarrassment of going out alone, or awkwardness from heading out with a friend on what might be perceived as a date.
Christine Northam, from relationship counsellors Relate, says she has seen an increase in such platonic sorties in recent years.