I can see how some people would view a workout buddy as being counter-productive. Some people feel they can get a good workout in faster and more efficiently by working out without a partner.
However, I think having a workout buddy can be very beneficial. A workout buddy can provide extra motivation, show you new workout exercises, and help you push yourself beyond what you think your limitations are. These are the reasons why I made this post.
I am a pretty shy guy out in public and it's tough for me to go up and ask someone for a spot when I'm doing bench. I remember a few weeks ago, I was doing decline bench and this guy asked me if I wanted him to spot me. I said, "Sure, why not" After I was finished with my set, I thought that I was done and I was prepared to thank the guy for the spot but the guy asked me if I wanted to add more weight. I said yes and when I was finished doing decline bench, I end benching 275lbs...granted the guy helped me a little bit lifting the bar...but I thought it was pretty good considering I'm only 5'9" 160lbs. I didn't realize I was that strong.
Overall, I just thought it would be cool to find a buddy who would push me in the gym and I would help push him to reach his goals.