dating dummy dummy lifestyles paperback - Dating vs girlfriend

"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...

The other day I had to remind my sister to update her Facebook status from "engaged" to "married." She was being a bit lackadaisical with letting her world know that she was officially hitched.

The other day, my friends and I were talking (read: extensively gossiping) about an acquaintance and her new boy.

I tried to say they were “dating.” Someone else said they weren't dating because they weren't exclusive.

Of course, life has a cute, charming way of making things unnecessarily complicated, so there are about one million different stages you can undergo within the “hooking up” and “dating” stages.

But overall, odds are you're doing something that falls under one of the two umbrellas.

"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.

And this isn't high school serious (“Wow, he gave me his class ring! ), or college serious (“I'm so sad we'll be apart for winter break, but we have spring break to look forward to!

”), but adult serious (“I've already met his siblings and we're having a nice dinner together on Saturday night.”). When we find ourselves in this serious adult relationship, confusion may exist when we have that dreaded DTR, or “define the relationship” talk with our significant other.

As far as I'm concerned, there are two types of pseudo-relationships you can be in that aren't real, bonafide relationships: You're either “hooking up” (casual booty calls, probably not going anywhere) or you're “dating” (going on dates, getting to know each other, hopefully going somewhere).

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