Casual dating or a casual relationship is a physical and emotional relationship between two people who may have casual sex or a near-sexual relationship without necessarily demanding or expecting the extra commitments of a more formal romantic relationship. Casual dating may be part-time, or for a limited time. In each case, the relationship's dominance in the lives of those involved is being voluntarily limited, and there is usually a sense that the relationship is intended to endure only so long as both parties wish it to.
Casual relationships sometimes include mutual support, affection and enjoyment, which underpin other forms of loving relationship.
Be upfront and clue your friend in on how you’re feeling.
They’ll be glad they heard about it from you, and not someone else!
I feel that in the end, we would eventually need to talk about our intentions because hanging out alone now may feel like a date to me because of my change in feelings, but to her it probably is "just friends hanging out" unless she secretly likes me, too. First, I like the idea of a dating relationship having some friendship history.
If a dating/courtship relationship is anything, it should be an amazing friendship.
It's the period where you two not just learn about each other but see how well you two mesh. If you make plans with a woman and they don't say it's not a date, it's a date.
And if you're feeling it, make a move and see what happens. If you “Hang out as friends” with a woman more than a few times, and don't get any, you've been freind zoned. Very little reason to hang out with women who won't have sex with you.
Second, three years of close, opposite-sex friendship has created a context that will require very careful navigation.
Trust me, there already is a relationship, and something significant is about to happen to it.
This Reddit user is right there with you: I've always had a really hard time making the distinction; I've seen/received advice to hang out with a woman I'm interested in as friends before dating, I've been told by women they don't want to date but want to hang out as friends, etc. Would we act differently, do different activities, etc?
I think romance and sex is obviously one distinction to make (other than friends with benefits, have literally no clue what the difference is between that and dating is? I hope this doesn't come across as weird/cringey, or even the right place to ask for that matter.
Rebecca Plante, an associate professor at Ithaca College, has specialized in research on casual relationships, and says that this type of relationship can be beneficial. "Eros" lovers are lovers that are often struck by "Cupid's Arrow".