Relationships happen in stages. You don't just meet someone and automatically become their significant other. I've tried that. First, you meet and message. But, you're not quite boyfriend and girlfriend yet. Sometimes, this confusion can make me want to come to every date with a checklist: "So, we've gone out, like, five times.
What Does It Mean If You're Exclusive But Not In An Official Relationship?
Is an Exclusive Relationship the Same as 'Dating Exclusively'?
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. In my case, I was the one with the control over how official things were, but for my partner, who always wanted more, I am sure there were times my resistance to going all in on the relationship was confusing and maybe even a little scary.
9 Signs You’re Ready To Go From Casually Dating To Exclusively Dating
Exclusivity is one of many ways to approach a relationship. Exclusively dating someone means that both parties have agreed to only see each other romantically. They have severed any other romantic ties and are not accepting new suitors. They are monogamous and present themselves as a couple to the world. When people date exclusively, they are taking themselves out of the dating game to devote time and love to one person.
The other day my sister and her husband Jake and I were discussing "exclusive" versus "committed. My little sister took the stance that exclusivity and commitment were the same. She theorized that once you've told someone you want to date them exclusively, you are committed to only them. You've made a commitment to be faithful, to put energy in only that relationship. Jake and I saw differences between committed and exclusive.