At the end of most rebounds, you get at least one broken heart and a pair of people who will ultimately continue the trend of using people to get over other people.
When you aim for friendship, you can gain someone you can talk to and laugh with.
Talking about your past relationships has become the gold standard of first date icebreakers. The rebound relationship is the perfect time to cross the threshold and crumble the proverbial dam that separates friends and lovers.
Maybe you decide to go the distance with the random girl you've been chatting with on Tinder, maybe it's your old college fling with the lazy eye, maybe it's the WELP you always find in your bed… It's certainly not the most eloquent sentence to say, but sometimes you have to just be like: "I'm lonely and we should bone." Chances are, they'll at least give you pity sex.
It's almost a joke to think about a future in which one of your friends is someone who's recently seen your genitals, but it's possible.
Seriously, this is not your run-of-the-mill, Netflix-on-Friday-and-going-home-early-on-Saturday relationship. a chance to really find yourself and discover who you are while some poor sap watches.
Seriously, treat the rebound with respect, but use the relationship as a chance to discover what you can and can't do in the company of others.
It's not a fun conversation to have at any point of the relationship -- but it's sure as hell easier to tell someone you're not looking for something too serious before things get… Try going somewhere public, like a coffee shop or bar, and telling them that you just got out of something serious and don't want a big commitment.
Then you can soften the blow by offering to buy them coffee or hard liquor.
After a whole 18 months, the Cosmopolitan Yogurt was taken off the shelves, leaving probably a mere 0.001% of the population disappointed, and a lot of high-up Cosmopolitan executives quite embarrassed.