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WHEN IS ‘DATING’ DIFFERENT FROM ‘TALKING’? WHY EXPERTS SAY YOU SHOULDN’T WORRY ABOUT RELATIONSHIP TIMELINES


While scrolling your FYP, you’ve inevitably stumbled upon relationship timeline explainers that have made you question everything about your love life.

There’s no need to fret—we’ve been there, too. We’ve wondered when and how to have the defining the relationship talk so that we could advance the situationship…or what we thought might’ve been a situationship. We’ve encountered mighty-long talking stages before actually meeting in real life. And yes, we’ve done more analyzing than we physically thought possible.

So, if you’re trying to place yourself in a timeline and wondering how to move on from one phase to the next, we’ll let you in on a little secret: don’t. According to dating expert Jacqueline Fae, things don’t have to be so complicated.


So, you’ve told your friends you’re “dating” when you’re simply flirting with matches on Hinge. You’ve thrown out the affectionate boyfriend/girlfriend title when you’re only dating. The terminology can be confusing, and at times, we tend to blur lines. But why is there a need to define every. single. little. behavior while on the road to a relationship?

“Every relationship is different and to categorize them like that is a bit unfair,” said Fae.

Instead of worrying where you and your match fall on a line graph, just pay attention to your connection and growing it, if you so choose.


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