When it comes to relationships, there is no set timeline for when things should become official. While some couples may make it official after a few months of casual dating, others may take longer. It's important to pay attention to the signs that you and your partner are ready to take the next step. To help answer these questions, we turned to Sarah Kahan, a licensed clinical social worker in Brooklyn who helps individuals and couples manage their relationships.
According to Kahan, there are several signs that you and your partner are ready to become exclusive. These include spending more time together, talking about the future, and having meaningful conversations. She also suggests thinking in terms of months rather than dates. After six months or sooner, you should know if you are in a committed relationship.
Interestingly, a recent survey conducted by Kayak found that nearly 60 percent of all adults would travel with someone they've dated for six months or less. This could be a sign that couples are becoming more comfortable with each other sooner than before. When it comes to paying on the first date, the survey found that seven out of 10 male participants said they were the ones who paid. However, 29 percent of women surveyed said they hadn't paid on a first date, nor would they consider it.
So what comes after first dates, exclusivity, first trips and first vacations? After going out for some time, the topic of commitment could enter the scene. Unfortunately, with all matters of the heart, including romantic relationships, there is no specific number of dates that equate to exclusivity. The Knot Jewelry and Engagement Study found that 71 percent of those surveyed said they had dated for more than two years before getting engaged. This could mean that couples are taking their time before making things official.
Ultimately, it's up to you and your partner to decide when you're ready to become exclusive. If you both agree that it's time to take the next step in your relationship, then go for it!.