"How is dating her exclusively any different from calling her your girlfriend?" I asked a friend who had recently broached the exclusivity threshold with his consistent hookup.She said, "We've been seeing each other on and off for two years!" Friend: "To a guy, that means: When I have a buzz on, I'd like to see you with your clothes off." I've never been able to hear someone use that expression since without laughing.
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...I think it's a funny coincidence we were both using the same choice of words.Well you are right, being with or seeing someone is more exclusive than just dating the person, and yes dating a person is just getting to know them to see if you would want to be exclusive with them.The agreement a couple reaches can even be formally written down to solidify commitments and clarify expectations.An open relationship is not a "no strings attached" relationship, or a "friends with benefits" relationship.