If you've been on three or more dates together in public, then it's generally safe to conclude that you're dating. Of course, dating doesn't mean you're exclusive, but if you're going on small romantic dates, especially if you're not staying to sleep yet, then things may be getting serious. But how can you tell for sure? Here are 10 signs that you are officially dating your partner. Do they know your secrets that no one else knows? If you have family or personal problems, do you feel safe enough to trust them? This is the first sign.
Keep in mind that, if there is no follow-up, your partner probably wasn't taking it seriously and considered that he was just hanging out. So, to begin with, there is an intention to test compatibility, in order to consider someone as a potential partner. That could be a sign of things to come, so keep in mind that you might not want to be at the complete disposal of someone in a relationship. And this is a key difference between dating, and the more casual version of dating, which doesn't necessarily have long-term considerations.
For instance, if your dates are always on the couch watching Netflix marathons, you probably want to reconsider that relationship before it starts. Do they make an effort to get to know your friends and family? Do they make time for you in their schedule? Do they make plans for the future with you? Are they open and honest about their feelings for you? Do they show up when they say they will? Do they make an effort to make sure that you are happy and comfortable? Do they take care of you when you are sick or feeling down? Do they show genuine interest in your life and hobbies? If the answer is yes to all of these questions, then it's safe to say that you are officially dating your partner. It's important to remember that relationships take time and effort from both parties in order for them to work out. So if both of you are willing to put in the effort and make compromises, then it's likely that your relationship will last.