How do you know when you are dating

Maybe you’re still in the dating-multiple-people phase. No matter what level you and your yet-to-be-defined relationship partner are at, at some point, it’s bound to come up and it's important you make sure you're on the same page.

But when is the right time to define the relationship?

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But - although it is rare - sometimes one of you actually does want something serious after all.

Maybe you’re a couple of months in, and after a series of grown-up sleepovers and evenings spent eating and drinking together, they realise they want to be - shock horror - exclusive.

And no, not just the flatmates they awkwardly bump into on their way back from the bathroom.

If someone is dropping hints that they want to hang out with you ’s legendary love guru Barney Stinson.

Amongst millennials, it’s not uncommon to have tried and failed to explain the concept of ‘seeing someone’ to your parents. We date in a commitment-free culture, where exposing yourself and showing vulnerability just isn’t seen as cool.

“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.

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.

According to this New York Times article, many millennials “hang out” versus go on traditional dates. And, if you spend that much time together, it only makes sense to define the relationship.

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