"How is dating her exclusively any different from calling her your girlfriend?
" I asked a friend who had recently broached the exclusivity threshold with his consistent hookup.
At the same time, not everyone we date in our mid-20s is our “soulmate,” and many of us still have our fair share of rebound relationships, one-night stands and other non-serious affairs.
But in general, the mid-to-late 20s shows a dating shift: We're closer to finding “the one,” and anyone we take seriously will, for lack of a better word, be taken seriously.
Many times, this confusion doesn't stem from “what are we? ”True, the terms “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” are age-old and synonymous with a committed relationship.
But, what term(s) exist for couples tired of high school monikers and want their label to show the “adultness” of the relationship?
Casual dating is a marvelous way of getting to know all kinds of people, without having to feel tied down to anyone until you’re absolutely ready. That being said, it is important to remember that your dynamic with anyone, regardless of who it is, won’t be as intense or committed as in a serious relationship.
Serious relationships tend to be monogamous and long-term—or at least conducted with that intention in mind.
We're now more sure of ourselves and our futures, and with this territory comes the factoring in of someone special.Sometimes, it is just assumed by the amount of time and energy you are both putting into the relationship that you are only seeing one another.But make sure you're being realistic about this assumption, and not just basing it in fantasy. If you're ever confused, just ask your partner casually.Sometimes, this confusion can make me want to come to every date with a checklist: But there's got to be a tactic easier than that to figure out where my relationship stands, without having to bring Emily Ratajkowski into it.Here's how you can distinguish between dating exclusively and being in a relationship, because seriously, what the Dating exclusively can happen with or without an explicit conversation — that is a main difference between dating exclusively and being in a relationship.