Is This Relationship Right for You? The world of modern dating is complicated. For example, what's the difference between hanging out and hooking up? Or take the no strings attached relationship—what does that mean? We turned to relationship experts to help us unravel the ins and outs of a no strings attached relationship and break down its pros and cons. A no strings attached relationship is one in which there are no special conditions or restrictions for emotional or physical fidelity or support. The Pros Generally speaking, this arrangement works when you're in a good place with your job, social life, and personal life, and all that's missing is sex, says Desiree Dean, author of The Sex MANual in an interview with Women's Health. Your role is not that of a partner, and rather than providing emotional guidance and support, your time together is strictly physical.