Dating without a relationship
As a general rule of thumb, casual relationships are more relaxed; there’s usually less emotional investment and less involvement.
Some relationships are strictly sexual while others are more companionable, but still without the expectation that they’re leading somewhere.
Even little things like buying flowers or celebrating special occasions can reframe the interaction from “two people enjoying each other’s company without expectations” to “two people dating.” Of course, this doesn’t mean that you’re not supposed to have It just means that you need to be aware of the unspoken implication of your actions.
If you’re in a casual relationship, you should consider keeping more towards activity dates, especially ones that get you charged up – going dancing, for example, or playing pool.
Not an inherently bad thing, but decidedly not a result you want if your goal is to keep to a no-strings relationship.
It’s also generally a good idea to keep things in the now.
When you’re still establishing the rules for your casual relationship, it is dick move that I’ve seen far too many people pull and a violation of the other person’s trust.
Sometimes what you want is something a bit more low key, a more casual relationship instead of something long-term.
Maybe you’ve just gotten out of a relationship and the last thing you want is to jump on particular horse again.
Or maybe you’ve been a devoted reader of this site and now that you’re having some success, you’re feeling like a kid in the candy store and want to explore your options for a while.
Or maybe you’re just a serial dater; you’re in it for the rush, that new relationship energy, the passion and the thrill of sexual novelty.
Or maybe you’ve decided that you’d rather have a few people you see on a semi-regular basis instead of just one monogamous partner.