We have seen each other several times and have had a great time. We have slept together and discussed the fact that both of us like each other a lot. He mentioned that a girl asked him to dinner, and he turned her down. Is this bullshit? What do you guys think? Unsurprisingly, this sort of situation is actually pretty common.
Dating Exclusively Vs. A Relationship: The Difference Between The Two Is Subtle
Just Because We're Not Official Yet Doesn't Mean We Shouldn't Be Exclusive
When my partner and I first got together, I was not ready to lock it down right away. This came about because I was equally tired of both the anxiety of looking for something serious and the dissatisfaction with hookup culture. What I really wanted was something in-between; I wanted the Goldilocks set-up of being exclusive, but not in an official relationship. Ultimately, our super casual relationship did evolve, and we made things official, but I truly believe part of the reason our relationship has gone the distance was that it started off with the intent to keep it casually exclusive. It allowed us to get increasingly emotionally intimate, without the pressure and expectation that naturally comes with the girlfriend title.
Dating Exclusively but Not in a Relationship? The Grey Area Dilemma
If you ARE on the same page, being exclusive should be no big deal. I want my investment to pay off. Want to date around? I can give you that and we think you should return the favor. Back in the s, couples were probably official right off the bat and there was no such thing as causally dating or waiting to have The Talk.
Is that even possible? Back in the day, dating used to be far less confusing. End of story. These days we have a world of choice, a million ways to meet people, different ideas and thought processes.