in essence, she is his girlfriend in everything but name.
And that's okay because, contrary to those bemoaning the supposed death of monogamy, it's clearly not the monogamy that freaks him out, but rather, monogamy's prescribed terminology.
It's hardly news that conventional dating norms have gone out the window and, with them, so too have traditional dating labels.
"Boyfriend" and "girlfriend" seem to share the same fate as the now arcane "going steady." People are still dating -- sure -- but recently, would-be couples less readily refer to one another as "boyfriend" or "girlfriend," opting instead for basic , sans label.
Generally speaking, "dating" describes a less serious level of commitment before either person is ready to describe the other as a girlfriend or boyfriend.
This is not a firm rule because the terms have no strict definition.
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.
Sounds like a girlfriend to me." "It is an unspoken understanding," he said, "In agreeing to be exclusive, we're basically saying, 'I like you and want to see if this continues to be good, so I won't do anything with anyone else that could mess this up, but officially calling you is a little too much at this point.'" Ok, so...
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.
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.
Love isn’t a word thrown around lightly when casually dating.