Dating and relating
A mutual agreement is necessary for determining where you are in your relationship.
Are you currently involved with someone who has the potential to be a healthy partner?For example: You have discussed it and have decided not to have a committed relationship, only casual dating.However, your date becomes possessive when your cell phone rings, or someone says hello.Today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or who has met a spouse or partner via online dating – and attitudes toward online dating have grown progressively more positive.To be sure, many people remain puzzled that someone would want to find a romantic partner online – 23% of Americans agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate” – but in general it is much more culturally acceptable than it was a decade ago.If they still shy away from discussion, this could be a red flag.
Occasionally, you might date someone who displays confusing and sometimes manipulative actions or behaviors.
Online dating has jumped among adults under age 25 as well as those in their late 50s and early 60s.
The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who use online dating has roughly tripled from 10% in 2013 to 27% today.
Prior to talking, you should sort out how you feel about the relationship, aside from anything your partner may feel, and decide what you want or need from your partner.
The book, "Getting Love Right: Learning the Choices of Healthy Intimacy," suggests asking yourself the following questions: "Are the people you are presently involved with capable of giving you what you want in a relationship?
Be direct and ask the person whom you are seeing if they want to be exclusive or not.