Life is hard, and love is perhaps one of the hardest aspects of it. [Read: 20 signs you’re wasting time in a one sided relationship] #6 Might not know each others’ friends. You have to prove yourself to meet someone’s friends, then prove yourself again upon meeting them.If you’re still in the proving part, you may or may not have a shot.Perhaps that’s what you want to hear, perhaps it would make you run for the hills, screaming at the prospect of any sort of commitment.So it can be good to have a heads-up that your current ‘more-than-friend-but-not-boy-/girlfriend’ may be in the market for an actual relationship.[Read: 16 signs you’re not yet ready for a serious relationship] #2 Odds are, there’s more than one person.Because you’re not serious with any one person, there are probably 2 people in the picture at any given time.
“Well if you’re going on dates, you’re boyfriend and girlfriend, right? Many of us have had tons of these ‘relationships’ over the course of our young adult lives, yet never a proper boyfriend or girlfriend.
Casual dating So, are you still in the non-exclusive stage of casual dating where hearts are fluttering with affection, but nothing’s too sure just yet? This doesn’t mean you’re in a relationship; it means you’re both helping each other with sexual frustration.
If there was more to it—something serious—there would have been a discussion.
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.