OK, so you’ve navigated the world of online dating, read hundreds of profiles, sent countless messages, been on a handful of dates.
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.
Knowing where a relationship’s at and where it’s going is important.
The answer to these questions help us determine such things as how intimate we should be with our partner and what plans we should start making for our future together.
In one of their studies, they found the keys to understanding your relationship development–there are three distinct relationship stages and this is what each stage looks like.
What is it: Casual dating is the first stage of any relationship.
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.
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.
The study also highlighted that couples deem a relationship as more serious when they get more comfortable with each other - which means seeing each other without make up, showering together and lounging around the house in pyjamas The study also shows two in 10 people knew their current relationship was serious after they planned a holiday together, while 43 per cent said the words 'I love you' and the same percentage discussed moving in together.'But one of the most confusing and stressful parts is deciding firstly when you are both comfortable saying you are boyfriend and girlfriend, and then secondly, when that partnership has reached the next level.It is characterized by people just dating for fun without any expectation of commitment or exclusivity.It’s a “getting to know you” phase where we’re not likely to invest much in the relationship or worry about how we feel about the relationship as a whole.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.Everything has become a little ill-defined, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve asked yourself these kinds of questions: The early stages of dating should be when you’re having the most fun of all, so don’t let things worry you, because really this is when you should be running through parks holding hands and making slushy PDAs on the tube.