However, in case you tend to be clueless on the seriousness of your relationship, there are always a few telling signs that indicate a budding relationship.
Here are nine signs that prove you two have graduated from casual daters to serious partners.
Q: Have you ever noticed that you can be dating someone for many months, but the relationship is still referred to as "casual"? people are often profoundly in love but if they don't utter the words, the relationship stays put (or goes the way of the dodo) and nobody has to make big decisions.
Despite my best efforts, I am what most people would call a "serial casual dater." I don't want to do it, but that's how it always ends up, no matter how serious things seem to get. Most people in this cool but uncertain stage spend a good bit of time doing two things: 1) analyzing the relationship, and 2) fielding questions from friends, family, etc.
After all, what guy wouldn’t want the freedom to go out with any woman at any time?
But while it may seem like a desirable situation, the fact is it’s not for everyone.
If it's been about six months and he hasn't dropped one hint about where he sees this going, casually speak up, says Jennifer Kelman, a licensed social worker and relationship expert at
For example, if you'd like him to meet your parents, ask if he'd be up for going out to dinner with them, but let him know there's no harm if he's not quite ready for that yet.
This transition is so discreet that it is difficult to pin point when exactly it happens, but it certainly does happen in serious relationships.Or do you just feel pressure to try and keep up with your buddies?These are important questions to answer before deciding what kind of relationship to pursue.Talk about blurred lines."Every person and relationship is different, and there's no magic phrase or action that can 'get' someone to commit," says Terri Trespicio, a lifestyle and relationship expert based in New York City. One thing to look out for: If he's acting extremely jealous or policing your every move, you need to really reevaluate things.However you can use these tips to subtly up the chances that he'll want to turn casual dating into something more. And never tell yourself, "He's a nice guy and has done nothing wrong, so I guess I should be with him." "That's convincing yourself of something that's probably not right," Trespicio says. Yep, it's a pivotal stage but it should be totally enjoyed - with a mature understanding that despite all the sex, sweet whispers, 'telling' hints, and great dates, everyone has their own ideas about the future, and those ideas may not have been openly shared yet.