When it comes to dating, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Every couple is different and the amount of time it takes to transition from casual dating to an exclusive relationship can vary greatly. Generally speaking, around 1 to 3 months is considered “normal” for most couples. However, if you've been seeing someone for a week or two and you're wondering when it's time to have the great DTR conversation, don't worry.
Many long-term couples made it official after a few months of casual dating. It's important to note that having the conversation about exclusivity doesn't have to be a single overwhelming talk. Instead, it can be multiple conversations where you ask questions such as: Are you open to the possibility of a relationship? This can help you get an idea of what your partner is looking for. A recent survey found that nearly half of all couples establish exclusivity within a different time frame when seeing someone new.
If you go out with someone three times a week, you might get to the stage where you're happy to be exclusive sooner. On the other hand, if a couple has one date a week, that's 10 to 12 dates before establishing exclusivity. The survey also found that 39 percent of Americans believe that three months after dating is an acceptable time frame for discussing exclusivity in a relationship. Additionally, Kayak found that nearly 60 percent of all adults would travel with someone they've dated for six months or less.
At the end of the day, it's important to remember that there is no set timeline for when it's appropriate to become exclusive. It's up to each couple to decide when they are ready to take their relationship to the next level. However, having conversations about your expectations and desires can help ensure that both partners are on the same page.