Relationships are complicated in and of themselves, but when it comes to turning a friendship into a romance, the transition can be especially tricky. With your feelings, and of course, a friendship at stake, dating a friend you've known for years can be the best — and most terrifying — thing ever. Needless to say, the deciding factor is whether or not your feelings are returned, and whether you gain a significant other or lose a close confidant. But while the future may be uncertain, experts say that there is a way to cross the line cautiously so as not to catch your crush off-guard and, at the very least, preserve your friendship if the attraction isn't mutual. Ahead, you'll hear from therapists who dish on the challenges and triumphs that can come with dating a friend, as well as one woman who tried it, herself spoiler: It didn't work out in the long run.
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The Differences Between Dating Vs. Girlfriends
Between the awkward mixed signals and shy conversations that plague many budding romances, sometimes it's just not obvious when to bring up the topic. Do you only hang out at 2 a. Or do you spend multiple days and nights with one another throughout the week? Are you both planning ahead to set up times to hang out, inviting each other to events that are months away, or even discussing going on a trip together?
Generally speaking, "dating" describes a less serious level of commitment before either person is ready to describe the other as a girlfriend or boyfriend. This is not a firm rule because the terms have no strict definition. You can only determine which term is appropriate by discussing it with the person you are seeing. Two people who are dating may not consider themselves a couple and may see other people.