So I'm a limey from across the pond. I think our dating culture is a bit different to dating Stateside.
For instance, on this site I hear people talking about defined 'stages' to a relationship in the US - 'dating', 'going steady', 'being exclusive', 'being a bf/gf'. I don't think I totally understand what the progression is - we don't talk about relationships in stages like this over here so much. Can someone explain it to me?
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The progress of a relationship is basically just about how serious it is. There is no real definition because everyone has their own interpretation of what they are.
Dating, going steady, and being exclusive is being boyfriend and girlfriend in my opinion. They are just different ways of saying the same thing.
Fuck buddy - excuses the term, is just someone you keep around to sleep with. Maybe they are also a friend but there are limited emotional ties and the boundaries of the relationship and generally dependant on what’s agreed upon between the two individuals. Maybe your "exclusive, meaning you’re limited to sleeping with only then, but it could also be an open relationship, meaning you can sleep with other people.
Boyfriend/Girlfriend - are generally exclusive, meaning you cannot sleep with anyone, nor have any emotional ties with the opposite sex outside of the relationship. Agen though, everyone has there own rules and regulations to abide. Some could also use the term, "going steady" to define there relationship. To be girlfriend/boyfriend, you generally need to go on a date. Which is why "dating" is just another way of defining your relationship with another person.
MY opinion, not yours.