He’s a single guy that has been dating but is thinking about getting serious and committing.He asked me what was the difference between dating and marriage.”), 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.
But, what term(s) exist for couples tired of high school monikers and want their label to show the “adultness” of the relationship?
This is where the term “partner,” short for life partner, comes in.
Yes, I know "just dating" is non-commital, but--How do you know if you've "secured" the title?
Some of you are going to say that it's not about the titles, but well...
But in general, the mid-to-late 20s shows a dating shift: We're closer to finding “the one,” and anyone we take seriously will, for lack of a better word, be taken seriously.
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!
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.
Generally speaking, "dating" describes a less serious level of commitment before either person is ready to describe the other as a girlfriend or boyfriend.
A good friend of mine shot me a message the other day asking to talk.
When we got on the phone, he asked me a question that left me puzzled.
It is also possible that your partner simply doesn't like those particular terms, so you should ask.