Dating to exclusive
Intimacy on fast-forward: Six dates might not seem like enough to build intimacy, much less prompt an exclusivity conversation.But depending how physical those dates get, they can.
A 2013 study from the Archives of Sexual Behavior found that the primary function of first kisses it to determine mate suitability and has a meaningful effect on pair bonding — what study author Robin Dunbar called the "Jane Austen" assessment.It's the perfect terrain between something casual and something incredibly serious — but it's past the point where you're just leading someone on.After six dates, spending time with that person becomes a considerable investment.According to the Pew Research Center, "41% of 18- to 29-year-olds in serious relationships have felt closer to their partner because of online or text message conversations."Those texts, emoji-filled as they may be, are shortcuts to intimacy.In a small study of texting and relationships, Amanda Klein of Towson University found that, during "the early stages of a relationship or in casual dating scenarios, texting is an ideal mode of communication, as it helps reduce uncertainty and lessen anxiety," according to the That increased communication, plus the physical intimacy, is jumpstarting relationships in a way not previously seen.
Then there's the texting between dates (although the practice remains controversial).