While we've all enjoyed being someone's f*ck buddy in our lives, deep down—maybe further down than any of us even realize—there's a hopeless romantic who just wants to meet the woman of his dreams.
Whether the relationship with your partner is brand new, or you've been official for as long as a year, sometimes, things change, feeling a little less committed and more like, well, just friends.
I have a few friends in the situation as we speak, which led me to weigh the differences between being someone's f*ck buddy who just gives them enough emotional and physical attachment, and someone's boyfriend, with both sides sacrificing for the good of the relationship.
The thought of actually going on a date is too much to handle.
She gives you less attention than other people, both guys and girls.
You can't be open with her and tell her how you feel.
She gets squirmish when you try to kiss her in public, especially around people she knows.
She only seems to give you attention while drinking.
Sex is often first initiated by her, before you both go to bed.
Arguments go to the extreme, without resolution, with make-up sex meant to put a band-aid over the disagreements.
She's still flirting with other people either in front of you or behind your back.
She appears happier while with friends than with you.
You seem like a burden on her more than a priority.
You only seem to drink together and nothing else.
She wouldn't care if you actually left after having sex.
She says she loves you.
The first thing she does is hug and/or kiss you after a day of work.
She surprises you and gives you attention—even when it's not one of your birthdays or a holiday.
She supports your career decisions.
She defends you to her family and friends—even if, deep down, she's upset with you.
She opens up and speaks her mind for the good of the relationship.
The two of you cuddle after sex.
You experience new things together, accepting both successes and failures.
The two of you support one another, no matter what happens.
You do sweet things for each other because it makes the other person happy, not just for a sexual "thank you."
There's little to no jealousy, with both sides trusting each other.
You talk about your future together—even if it's as simple as a weekend trip in a month.
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