When to become exclusive dating
The fallout (or perhaps, benefit) from this aversion to labels remains to be seen.
"You're spending a lot of time together, going out on dates, meeting each other's friends, and not seeing anyone else.
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...
"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.
Unlike the ambiguous term "hooking up," which can very well be used to reference everything from a three-second makeout session to full-blown sex, the "boyfriend/girlfriend" label universally implies exclusivity and commitment. It's a little more than just hooking up, but not exactly full-blown dating. Or perhaps, keep your options open without ever letting things with someone else accelerate beyond flirtatious conversation? Apart from some emotional anguish, there's really not much involved in terms of post-breakup fallout.With absolutely no parameters beyond "don't hookup with anyone else," how do those in exclusive arrangements know what to expect from their... It's funny to think that such innocent terms as "boyfriend" and "girlfriend," that floated so effortlessly around the halls of high schools, now imply some sort of deep, long-lasting, sticky commitment of the utmost seriousness.