The key is to be honest in your intentions without being bossy about the behaviour you expect from the man or woman you’re seeing.
If you keep these discussions light and non-confrontational, you’ll soon know where you stand, and if you’re not happy with their stance, you can decide early on whether it’s something you want to proceed with.
Aside from the formal discussions, game-changing decisions and Kodak moments, there are some subtler ways of knowing if things are going from gray to golden. This goes beyond making out or the occasional butt pinch in public.
A relationship is starting to get serious when you and your partner proudly display each other as significant others in the public eye.
I guess this is the way our world adapts to its people’s fast-paced lifestyle.
With all of that said, it won’t be such a big surprise if the guy or gal you’re casually screwing on the side turns out to be your next serious partner.
This period is as exciting as it is emotionally tumultuous.
You're discovering the other person and maybe even falling in love, but also keeping your guard up.
Some prefer to stay monogamous from the start, while others like to keep their options open, just as some view sex as something to be saved until the blossoming of a full-on relationship, while others need it early on to determine levels of chemistry and attraction.
And then it happens, the most terrifying thing of all: you meet someone you actually really like, and that’s where the real difficulty begins.
You can see it there on the horizon – the whole “So where’s this going? The dating game has changed dramatically, and while it used to be as simple as a quick conversation along the lines of “OK, so we like each other, let’s make this official”, there is now a list of new stages in a fledgling relationship that can seem to make things more confusing.
It seems like old school courtship isn’t exactly the in-thing anymore, and most of the getting-to-know-you part just happens through text, chat, or phone calls.
It’s as if the internet has become the main tool for this era’s “courtship style.” Additionally, hookups are so rampant that it doesn’t really matter to people anymore if they have sex with someone they’re not in a relationship with.
You have no problem mentioning each other in tweets, posting photos together in Instagram pictures or including each other in Facebook status updates.