The title of boyfriend and girlfriend used to freak me out when I was younger. Now that I'm older and a little bit wiser, it doesn't as much but I think it's interesting how people will run around in circles with each other (all the while remaining exclusive) but refuse to say they're dating. Or they deny they're in a relationship. Is there even a point to calling your S.O. your "boyfriend" anymore? I suppose I feel like a long-term emotional investment in someone who you may or may not be sleeping with, might as well be called a relationship rather than copping out saying it's complicated.
Do you dis/agree? Why, why not?
Most Helpful Girl
The title shows a commitment.
A lot of people don't want to commit to someone. They're exclusive by circumstance, sometimes. And assuming people are exclusive because they are together a lot is really an overstatement. A lot of people are not monogamous in these types of relationships, despite their feelings. One person is usually not that committed to making the relationship work.
It's like volunteering somewhere vs. working somewhere. If you volunteer, you can cop out and not show up at any point. If you're working there, there is a social contract (and sometimes legal contract) that says you will fulfill certain duties until otherwise agreed upon. You can still stop showing up at any point, but you've claimed that you will be responsible and reliable.1