Long dating before becoming exclusive
Stephanie Amada, a faculty member in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University, told me that she sees being significant others with someone as entirely separate from being exclusive — because words.
I no longer thinks it’s possible to accidentally end up in a relationship.
Hence, she will want to force “the talk” in order to fill this void as quickly as possible.
Most often if affection/love is mutual, the “talk” will happen naturally.
“But one night some emotional trigger goes off in my brain and I finally explain that the ‘just friends’ joke is too vulnerable for me,” says Janelle.
“He feels awful about not being clear — he thought we both loved the ‘just friends’ joke — and asks me to be his girlfriend.
In 2013, researchers wrote in the journal that there has been a shift in dating and relationships in the past several decades that has led to a greater desire to delay marriage, less importance on being married, and more sexual permissiveness in emerging adulthood.