Is being exclusive the same as being someone’s significant other? Old me would have said yes too, but now I think I’m changing camps.
I no longer thinks it’s possible to accidentally end up in a relationship.
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There was something really comforting and bonding about having that title.
Being ‘exclusive’ felt nebulous and unsteady.” In their paper in the , professors Jesse Owen and Frank Fincham deduce from their research what you would probably hear from your best friend (but it’s nice to know that there is an academic study to back it up): “If ambiguity about the level of commitment [from a FWB relationship] continues into their exclusive romantic relationship, then it is likely to affect negatively their relationship quality.”Sure, some people may think that if you’re exclusive, you’re also officially together.
official significant others, and on the other you have your “romantic experiences” aka dates, crushes, and hookups.
You can’t confidently define these “romantic experiences” as negative.“How we identify ourselves, with words, is important.When you put a label on it, an identifier, it [the relationship] does feel more serious and more important.” When a woman I know, Janelle, first began dating her boyfriend exclusively, she thought she didn’t care if they used the titles “boyfriend/girlfriend.” They joked around that they were “just friends” even though it was obviously not true.“But one night some emotional trigger goes off in my brain and I finally explain that the ‘just friends’ joke is too vulnerable for me,” says Janelle.“He feels awful about not being clear — he thought we both loved the ‘just friends’ joke — and asks me to be his girlfriend.recently had a conversation I’d already had, word for word, many times.