When things are in ambiguous Just Dating Land, everyone's mega-cautious of showing any sign of ownership while roaming public areas.
Even holding hands can seem super aggressive if nothing has been explicitly spelling out that direction prior.
Although these probably don't involve huge plans like cohabitation or, like, signing on for a mortgage together, they're still meaningful.
You might book an Airbnb for a weekend trip two months out.
So we're on the same page, let's all assume the definition of "just dating" means a far more casual, preliminary stage that precedes a "for real" relationship.
"Just dating" isn't necessarily an exclusive arrangement, and includes far fewer expectations yet heaps more coolness.
There are a lot of different levels and rites of passage as you morph and grow together (or away from each other, sadly).
But at this point, y'all are masters of chuckling it off, then getting back to business.You have started to devise names and phrases unique in your duo.That's part of the whole secret language of relationships, and it's indicative of a comfortable, healthy, lasting bond.Getting all up on each other regardless of a captive audience can and does happen early on when dating exclusively, but the waning of this practice signifies a more firm relationship.Perhaps there's some hand-holding and the occasional peck, but you don't have to be touching to feel comfortable with this person while out. We don't mean you feel like you have to ask for permission for anything, because that is creepy and not OK.Should your boss give you positive feedback or you find a crumpled in the Bed Bath & Beyond parking lot, without thinking, you're already drafting a text to them about it. This is because you now see this person as a source of comfort and camaraderie.