You've Each Met Immediate Family and Best Friends This usually happens piece meal (thankfully-can you imagine if someone assembled all of their best friends and family for you to meet at once? You're "Living Together" In Some Form You're either going to spend more nights a week together, or move in together.You'll have belongings at each other's place, like toothbrushes.Do you agree with me that commitment and exclusivity are different? Is it yet another difference in how men and women think?
I always thought the difference is that at the boyfriend/girlfriend level they are becoming involved in certain aspects of your life.
For example, he/she might be involved in many of your circle-of-friend activities.
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It’s one thing for him to tell the guys about his hot date or GF, but when he tells his closest female friends all about you, he’s getting the vote of approval and wants to share his joy. When he’s ready to let go of her and move onto a meaningful relationship with you, he’ll let his ex know he has a GF, so respectable boundaries can be set. When you exchange keys with enthusiasm he’s letting you know that you now have the key to his heart.
This conversation sends the message that the past will stay in the past and you’ve moved on.
If I'm dating a guy, and we are dating only each other..in my world that makes us boyfriend and girlfriend. I guess there probably is this time frame where you are dating exclusively, but not really in that "boyfriend/girlfriend" state of mind yet.
But I think that period of time is very very short for most people.
The example Jake and I used was:"If I'm committed, I'm picking your dad up from the airport."Commitment is when lives are intertwined so much that your lives become one unified life.
It's the reason that my recently married friend suddenly had a calendar that he and his wife kept in Google that I had to check in order to make plans with him-their lives had become that intertwined.
When couples start to talk about vacations, holiday plans, or even booking theatre tickets months out and he says, “We should go to this,” then you’ll know you’re more than just a plus one for an office party. Sure some people easily say “I love you” for sex, but if you’re together five or more nights a week, talk and text every day, and they profess their love for you, chances are they mean it. He brags about you and introduces you to his female friends. When you’re in an exclusive relationship, just being together cuddling, watching television, or spooning at night shows how comfortable he is in having you in his life. While some people aren’t quick to change their relationship status until they’re engaged or married, if their Facebook page includes multiple photos of the two of you embraced as a couple, it sends a message to friends and others that they are taken and proud of it. Rather than being sneaky about it, your guy will feel comfortable enough in your relationship to tell you about it, rather than sneaking into another room to respond to the text. While some people make clean breaks with their ex, others still have occasional contact.