You're discovering the other person and maybe even falling in love, but also keeping your guard up.Questions arise such as whether to use the “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” titles, who is going to take down his or her online dating profile first and when to start showing routine signs of coupledom, such as holding hands or using pet names in public. There’s probably a multitude of questions running through your head when you’re talking to someone or seeing someone somewhat regularly, so what’s the deal- are you just dating, or are you in a relationship?You’re both free to explore other options until you’re sure you can settle on someone, whether it’s this guy or another.Most of us feel an immediate sense of dread at the thought of broaching the topic of "what are we?" with those we're hooking up with or casually dating.In one of their studies, they found the keys to understanding your relationship development–there are three distinct relationship stages and this is what each stage looks like.What is it: Casual dating is the first stage of any relationship.
Sure, you’re dating; but you’re probably not texting and calling twenty-four seven like a couple in love, and you’re probably not seeing each other all TOO often.
A relationship is starting to get serious when you and your partner proudly display each other as significant others in the public eye.
You have no problem mentioning each other in tweets, posting photos together in Instagram pictures or including each other in Facebook status updates.
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).
I would say my boyfriend and I were “dating” long before we were in a relationship.