You’re not sleeping with anyone else, but they aren’t your girlfriend.What makes this harder to navigate is the fact that people interpret social relationships so differently.There’s also a difference in that, if someone is my girlfriend she is representative of me, which I wouldn’t equate to someone I’m just exclusive with.”Researchers will tell you that relationship limbo is part of “hookup culture,” but that’s not necessarily a bad thing — it’s just a thing.
"Dating exclusively" means you are not dating anyone else.
Is being exclusive the same as being someone’s significant other? Old me would have said yes too, but now I think I’m changing camps.
I no longer thinks it’s possible to accidentally end up in a relationship.
If I'm in an exclusive relationship, I can lie on the couch while she does stuff with her family.
If I'm committed, I'm doing that stuff with her family.
To summarize, here are the signs to look for at each stage: You Agree About it Through Conversation Exclusivity doesn't just happen.