It is supposed to be a tale as old as time. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl date.
When you were a kid, you thought dating would be simple: you meet an awesome person, you know you both like each other, and you're automatically together, right? Now, you've been hanging out with someone amazing for awhile, and you two are definitely more than friends. But you know if you've moved into "relationship" territory yet.
A friend date signifies the act of getting to know somebody or spending time together in a purely platonic way. My friend dating history had been quite conservative and gradual. I either met people through school or boyfriends and the relationship just gradually strengthened over forced contact.
Why is it, then, that the stages of a romantic relationship seem more difficult to decipher? While it's true that every relationship cycles through different phases, what exactly they entail and how long they last differ from couple to couple. When is it best for couples to start getting serious?
The ambiguity around what different terms mean at the start of a relationship can almost make you want to go back to the days when your only logistical option was to court and then marry your closest viable neighbour. During BBC dating show Eating With My Ex, couples who had been regularly on dates for upwards of half a year were still having conversations about whether that meant they were together. What we can look at, though, are the different dating stages, and the terms used to describe them in the year of our lord
I mean a… hmm. Know what I mean? So I watched a lot of TV shows and movies as a kid where dating seemed really obvious.
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The first kiss my boyfriend and I shared as friends-who-now-know-they-like-each-other was nothing short of terrifying. I pulled him into what I thought would be a sweeping, spark-filled smooch and he just stood there, hardly moving. The rest of the date was even more catastrophic.