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If so, a thousand interpretations of a labels meaning is not going to help. I am curious if other guys make the same distinction since I've been out of the dating scene for an embarrassingly long time. You become bf/gf when you don't have to call up for dates and you just assume that you'll be spending time together except when one of you has something planned for which the other cannot be included for some reason.

You need to converse with him and make sure you are on the same page and if not, see if you can get there. In other words, when you are in a relatiomship, you arem't dating.

It was established early on that neither of us date multiple people at the same time and that we will be/are exclusive.

As I said, a distinction is made occasionally when we talk. Talk to your boyfriend to get things squared away!!!

"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.

Indeed, labels are often black and white, imposing undesirable norms upon huge swaths of people to whom rigid conventions cannot and should not be applied. I mean, honestly, why is it such a big deal to call someone your boyfriend or girlfriend?

Labels do well, however, to simplify and clarify -- to provide boundaries and set expectations. Unlike married couples -- or even cohabitating, unmarried couples -- should a boyfriend and girlfriend breakup, there are few -- if any -- financial or familial troubles to navigate.

It’s one thing for him to tell the guys about his hot date or GF, but when he tells his closest female friends all about you, he’s getting the vote of approval and wants to share his joy. When he’s ready to let go of her and move onto a meaningful relationship with you, he’ll let his ex know he has a GF, so respectable boundaries can be set. When you exchange keys with enthusiasm he’s letting you know that you now have the key to his heart.