This type of dating helps us understand ourselves and our likes/dislikes when it comes to relationships.
When we’re in serious relationships, we may find other people attractive, but we are not likely to think about others in terms of potential relationship partners.
Since we’re happy with our current choice, we then begin to invest even more in the relationship.
In one of their studies, they found the keys to understanding your relationship development–there are three distinct relationship stages and this is what each stage looks like.
What is it: Casual dating is the first stage of any relationship.
Our lives may also be intertwined with our partners, making the prospect of leaving very anxiety provoking.
Why Do It: Social science research has long documented the benefits of serious and long-term dating. We may be very open with our partner and trust them completely, but still be looking for other potential partners.
Determining the seriousness of our relationship, however, can be very challenging and confusing.
Lucky for us, Laura Umphrey and John Sherblom, researchers from the Universities of Alaska and Maine (respectively), have simplified the process.
At this stage, we may share some of our deepest feelings and fears.