Subscriber Account active since. Relationships aren't always black and white. Sometimes it's necessary to break things off with someone with whom you're not officially an item. Whether you've gone on a few dates but sparks just aren't flying or you have a "friends with benefits" arrangement, it can be tough to know how to break up when you're not even really together. INSIDER consulted with psychologists, counselors, and relationship experts to find out how to end a relationship with someone when you're not an actual couple. When you decide that you no longer want to continue seeing or sleeping with someone, you owe it to them to break the news as soon as you can.
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So no pressure, but your entire romantic future here could be determined by your first few text messages—especially right now, when digital communications are more commonplace and safer than in-person interaction. The first text is always the hardest. How long do you wait to message that cute guy from the gym? Dating columnist Dr. Nerdlove told us that you should always touch base sooner rather than later.
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One of the biggest concerns when dating someone is whether you are communicating enough for the relationship to develop. There is no right or wrong answer regarding how much contact a couple should have when they are in the early stages of dating. Some couples find that talking for hours every day brought them closer together, while others find that respecting each other's time and space is what worked for them. Taking an individual approach and considering the other person's personality will help you find how much communication is appropriate for both of you. Personality is a determining factor in how much communication to expect when you are first dating.