This is where the term “partner,” short for life partner, comes in.
"Boyfriend" and "girlfriend" seem to share the same fate as the now arcane "going steady." People are still dating -- sure -- but recently, would-be couples less readily refer to one another as "boyfriend" or "girlfriend," opting instead for basic , sans label."You're spending a lot of time together, going out on dates, meeting each other's friends, and not seeing anyone else.Sounds like a girlfriend to me." "It is an unspoken understanding," he said, "In agreeing to be exclusive, we're basically saying, 'I like you and want to see if this continues to be good, so I won't do anything with anyone else that could mess this up, but officially calling you is a little too much at this point.'" Ok, so...Generally speaking, "dating" describes a less serious level of commitment before either person is ready to describe the other as a girlfriend or boyfriend.This is not a firm rule because the terms have no strict definition.In our mid-to-late 20s, we’re bound to fall into more serious relationships.We’re now more sure of ourselves and our futures, and with this territory comes the factoring in of someone special. And went apple picking with her—and those are just two examples I threw out there.They just watch a movie and there's no physical contact except for a warm hug hello and then goodbye.in essence, she is his girlfriend in everything but name.And that's okay because, contrary to those bemoaning the supposed death of monogamy, it's clearly not the monogamy that freaks him out, but rather, monogamy's prescribed terminology.