Another possibility is that you and your partner are married.
Of course, marriage is different from dating in some ways, but you might be surprised at how similar they really are!
Whether you call it “dating” or something else, all partners should agree on a definition and the same ground rules for the relationship.
Keep these questions in mind: Hooking up is a broad term, but generally it refers to casual encounters between people who can be friends but don’t have to be.
No matter how you define dating, it’s important to remember that abuse can occur within all kinds of intimate relationships.
That’s why it’s important to recognize the warning signs!
A 2013 The more we engage in physically intimate behaviors with our partners, from kissing to casual sex, the more likely we are to form meaningful bonds that can lead to the real-deal girlfriend or boyfriend talk.
It's not crazy to want to start assessing whether to move on or really commit.
At loveisrespect, we get all kinds of questions about dating. If you have questions of your own or need more information, you can always chat with a trained peer advocate!
“Dating” means different things to different people, particularly across generations.
At loveisrespect, we define “dating” as two (or possibly more than two! The relationship may be sexual, but it doesn’t have to be.