Dating has changed a lot over the last decade, and now it can be hard to tell if your date actually wants a serious relationship. Casual dating terms such as ‘ghosting’ and ‘benching’ are common, so it can seem like everyone just wants to date casually – but thankfully we can confirm this is far from the truth.
In fact, research has found that the majority of singles do want to find a serious, long-term relationship. But how do you know when you’ve found that?
Here are six signs that indicate your relationship is getting stronger.
1. How To Tell If Your Relationship Is Getting Stronger: When You Feel Truly Relaxed Together
When you first start dating someone new, it is totally normal to feel a little nervous when you are together. After all, you don’t know each other well, so there is always a chance things could get awkward – but when the relationship is getting stronger, these fears will melt away. Instead you will happy, relaxed and content when you are in their presence.
2. When You Have A Standing Date
The more you meet up with someone, the more you learn about each other’s schedule and routine, making it much easier to set a standing date. This could be a standing Zoom date on a weeknight, or it could be grabbing coffee together on Saturday morning. Either way, the comfortable routine indicates that your relationship is getting stronger.
3. When You Start Saying “We”
If you start saying things like “we’d love to come to dinner on Wednesday” or “that’s our favorite restaurant!”, it is likely that your relationship is getting serious.
4. When You Are Both Vulnerable In Front Of Each Other
When people first start talking to someone they are attracted to, they normally try to present the ‘best’ version of themselves. They will try hard to be funny and charismatic, and they will also try to hide any vulnerabilities and insecurities. As you get to know each other better, you will both stop hiding things from each other and be more honest – flaws and all! This shows that you both have faith that the relationship will last, even if each person isn’t ‘perfect’.
5. When You Say The L Word
One of the main indicators that a relationship is getting serious is when someone says the L word. It can be very difficult to say this for the first time, but it is a great way to show your crush that you see them as a long-term partner.
6. When You Meet Each Other’s Family
Meeting each other’s family is a big milestone for most people, so if this happens it probably means your relationship is getting serious. Sure, it can be nerve-wracking to meet your date’s family, but it does make you a more concrete part of their life.