If I'm in an exclusive relationship, I can lie on the couch while she does stuff with her family. Little things—like leaving the seat down, or not calling you after work—are things that end up being a tiny bit easier to discuss while in a relationship. While dating someone, expectations stay low. It's a little more than just hooking up, but not exactly full-blown dating. While in a relationship however, expectations tend to run high. I mean, honestly, why is it such a big deal to call someone your boyfriend or girlfriend?
Unless you two have had some sort of a conversation.
Are You Just Dating or in a Relationship?
When you are ready to take the person you are dating to the next level, have that conversation and let yourself be vulnerable. You are fully integrated into one another's lives. If you want someone to be your boyfriend or girlfriend, what I'm saying is, talk to them about it — out loud. Sign Up Don't have an account? Remember Me. It's hardly news that conventional dating norms have gone out the window and, with them, so too have traditional dating labels.