Are we dating or just friends with benefits? Do I need to label my relationship?

Relationship Advice: Are we dating? Should we label our relationship?

  • A “label” might be off-putting, but it’s simply talking about defining and gaining clarity about what the relationship is.
  • If you are confused as to what to call the other person, how committed they are, or if there is a future together, it might be worth exploring how you both understand the relationship.
  • Encountering a discrepancy in how you understand the relationship does not have to end the relationship, but it is a good starting point for evaluating how to move forward – together or apart.

“So what are we?” is a question often asked when someone is trying to assess where they stand in a relationship or how the other person feels about them. Are we just friends? Are we friends with benefits? Are we dating? Are we in a relationship? Are we exclusive? It’s less about the term itself, and more about knowing how to conduct yourself and what to expect from the dynamic. 

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