An aromantic is a person who experiences little or no romantic attraction to others. Where romantic people have an emotional need to be with another person in a romantic relationship, aromantics are often satisfied with friendships and other non-romantic relationships. What distinguishes romantic relationships from a non-romantic relationships can vary diversely, but often includes physical connection (holding hands, cuddling, etc.) and monogamous partnership. The aromantic attribute is usually considered to be innate and not a personal choice, just as the lack of sexual attraction is innate to asexuals. It is important to note that aromantics do not lack emotional/personal connection, but simply have no instinctual need to develop connections of a romantic nature. Aromantics can have needs for just as much empathetic support as romantics, but these needs can be fulfilled in a platonic way.
It is possible for an aromantic individual to be involved in, and enjoy, a devoted relationship with another person, but these relations are often closer friendships, naturally reflecting the closeness of the two individuals and not a purposely initiated monogamous separation as is often found in romantic couples. It is also possible for aromantics to form romantic relationships just as it is possible for asexuals to form sexual relationships. Aromantics may experience squishes which are the aromantic or platonic equivalent of a romantic crush.
People anywhere on the sexual spectrum (sexual, asexual, grey-A, etc.) may be aromantic.
- AVEN aromantic thread
- AroPlane - an aromantic spectrum forum
- Aromantic Asexuals - a forum community for aromantic asexuals
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