But the person I was seeing didn't fit in any one of those boxes.
We like the neat boxes the history of romance has provided: date, fuck buddy, friend with benefits, one-night stand, boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, life partner.
These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.
This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.
The term open relationship is sometimes used interchangeably with the closely related term polyamory, but the two concepts are not identical.
Also, one consideration of open relationships is that the parties should be honest with their partners of who they are flirting with.
In short, it is more associated as a flirting or a physical kind of relationship.
The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.
While the term has several meanings, the most frequent usage refers to two or more people exploring whether they are romantically or sexually compatible by participating in dates with the other.
A 1974 study showed that male students who either cohabit or live in a communal group are more likely to become involved in open relationships than females, and are still more interested in the concept than females even if not participating in open relationships.