We figured that exclusive simply meant that there was no hooking up with anyone else allowed: no making out, no dating.
Our theory on commitment was that it evolves slowly, long after exclusivity.
"If I'm committed, I'm picking your dad up from the airport."
Commitment is when lives are intertwined so much that your lives become one unified life.
To summarize, here are the signs to look for at each stage:
How to know you're "Exclusive"
- You Agree About it Through Conversation
How You Know You're Committed
- You've Been Dating a Significant Amount Of Time
- You've Each Met Immediate Family and Best Friends
- You're "Living Together" In Some Form
- There Are Unspoken Expectations