It's hardly news that conventional dating norms have gone out the window and, with them, so too have traditional dating labels.
Society views an individual differently when s/he is married.My friend brought up an interesting point - Those that consider "exclusive dating" to be stepping zone to boyfriend/girlfriend tend to have a fear of commitment.If you feel this way do you have a fear of commitment/labels ?This is where the term “partner,” short for life partner, comes in.Not to diss serious boyfriend/girlfriend couples, but the term “partner” carries with it not only a relevant non-gendered reading, but also its own degree of seriousness and initiative.And this isn’t high school serious (“Wow, he gave me his class ring! ), or college serious (“I’m so sad we’ll be apart for winter break, but we have spring break to look forward to!”), but adult serious (“I’ve already met his siblings and we’re having a nice dinner together on Saturday night.”). When we find ourselves in this serious adult relationship, confusion may exist when we have that dreaded DTR, or “define the relationship” talk with our significant other."How is dating her exclusively any different from calling her your girlfriend?" I asked a friend who had recently broached the exclusivity threshold with his consistent hookup."You're spending a lot of time together, going out on dates, meeting each other's friends, and not seeing anyone else.Sounds like a girlfriend to me." "It is an unspoken understanding," he said, "In agreeing to be exclusive, we're basically saying, 'I like you and want to see if this continues to be good, so I won't do anything with anyone else that could mess this up, but officially calling you is a little too much at this point.'" Ok, so...Remember that we are the largest free online dating service, so you will never have to pay a dime to meet your soulmate.I'm curious if any of you guys feel there is any substantial difference between dating a girl exclusively and being her boyfriend?Many times, this confusion doesn’t stem from “what are we? ”True, the terms “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” are age-old and synonymous with a committed relationship.