A fraysexual is someone who feels sexually attracted to strangers or people they don’t know well. Fraysexuals may prefer one-night stands and casual sex to sex with partners, and often say they tend to lose their sexual attraction to their partners over time. Fraysexuals tend to make sexual connections in places where they can meet new people casually, such as nightclubs, bars and customer-focused workplaces.
The term fraysexual is a mix of the base word "sexual," used for sexual orientations, and "fray," an Old English word for stranger. Fraysexuals are sometimes called ignotasexuals. This alternative term uses the Latin word ignotas, meaning unfamiliar, as ignotasexuals are sexually attracted to people who are unfamiliar to them.
Fraysexuals can have any gender or sexual orientation. They may also have any romantic orientation or prefer any kind of relationship style.
Fraysexuals are often confused with people who fear commitment. However, fraysexual people often want committed relationships. They can be loving, respectful and romantic partners. However, their sexual attraction toward strangers can make maintaining committed relationships more challenging. They may feel restless in relationships as their sexual attraction to their partner wanes and strangers catch their eye. People who fear commitment may also feel restless, but this is usually a response to feeling the relationship is becoming serious, rather than a reaction to waning attraction.