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But, what term(s) exist for couples tired of high school monikers and want their label to show the “adultness” of the relationship?This is where the term “partner,” short for life partner, comes in.I've heard all these used to refer to someone of the opposite sex, but I've always used them all as meaning the same thing.If someone asks me out, I either say he's my boyfriend or we're going out. Some people have said there are, but I don't understand it. :) going out is basically just that you're going out. You aren't actually going on dates, you are just boyfriend and girlfriend.He doesn't like the idea that other guys approach me or ask me out and I told him about a guy and how I turned him down. When I told my guy, he didn't really say anything about me calling him my boyfriend he kind of just continued with the convo. So me and my guy are 'exclusive' but does that mean that he is my boyfriend?Should I stop texting him all together, or will that be showing that I don’t care and that I’m not supportive?

At the same time, not everyone we date in our mid-20s is our “soulmate,” and many of us still have our fair share of rebound relationships, one-night stands and other non-serious affairs.How the term is used will ultimately be determined by personal preference.A 2005 study of 115 people ages 21 to 35 who were either living with or had lived with a romantic partner notes that the lack of proper terms often leads to awkward situations, such as someone upset over not being introduced in social situations to avoid the question.Or is dating a term reserved for only very casual relationships? In my opinion, dating can be a little more casual or more serious.For me, I don’t have to call a dude my official boyfriend in order to say that I “dated” him – and Gurl writer Caitlin is on the same page as me.