What’s the difference between situationship and a relationship?
Let’s discuss situationship vs. relationship.
How do you know if you are in a situationship? The only difference between relationship and situationship is that there is no label or commitment.
This means, even if you treat each other as partners, you can technically still date other people. However, situationship is much more than just being friends with benefits.
Friends with benefits only focus on fulfilling carnal desires, whereas, in a situationship, you’re showing more. You have a concern, friendship, and sometimes, even love.
Sounds everything you want in a relationship, but again, there is no label, and being in this uncertain situation can be frustrating.
Examples of situationships
There can be many forms of situationships.
For instance, a long-distance situationship is where you only plan to stay in a current location for a specific amount of time, and you have plans to leave. This is one reason why you might not want to be in a relationship.
Another instance is you have just gone through a bad breakup, and that relationship was serious. You are currently enjoying your situationship, but you’re not ready to be in a committed relationship just yet.
Some people even develop situationship with their ex. It may sound weird, but this happens a lot. Sometimes, they still have feelings for each other, but they’re not yet sure if they should get back together.
Know the pros and cons of situationships
Relationships are complicated, and new terms such as situationships can make them more complex. Before we discuss the signs you’re in a situationship, have you ever wondered about the pros and cons of being in a situationship?
Let’s see what are the pros and cons of being in a situationship.
Pros of a situationship
The thrill is there
Let’s face it, when you are in a relationship, sometimes, you become too relaxed. You don’t feel the thrill anymore. With situationships, you still don’t have that label, so you still have the excitement of the chase that we all like.
One of the things that people don’t like when they are in a relationship is the pressure. Examples of this are when you have to report where you are with your partner, or you have to move in together or even meet each other’s families.
With situationship, there’s no pressure. You can do things you want when you want to. You don’t have to feel pressured about people telling you what you should do or when you should do it.
Situationship breakup is easier
The reality is, there are no situationship rules. That would mean a situationship breakup would be easier.
There’s no ring, no label, and no responsibilities. That’s what situationships are all about, and for some people, this is what they like.
One of the signs you’re in a situationship is when you can’t make plans, let’s say for next week or next month. You can’t do this because you’re not in a relationship, and your special someone might already have plans.
You can only make plans for the next couple of hours or tomorrow. For some, a long-distance situationship can still work since they’re not physically together, however if you’re just near each other, and you’re still in a long-term situationship, then maybe it’s about time to talk.
4. You have totally different lives
Since you can’t make long-term plans, you have two very different lives. Your special someone might go on a road trip with their friends, and you wouldn’t even know. Their whole family is out of town, and they won’t even let you know about their plans. This goes both ways.
Have you ever felt like your significant other never wanted to talk about your label?
At the start of the situationship, it feels okay not to talk about it. We don’t want to rush getting into a relationship, but what if it has been more than a year, and you’re still hanging in limbo?
10. They don’t bring you to company events
The person you like attends parties and events, but they never bother asking you. It is because you don’t have any label, and they can bring whoever they want to, but the reality is, this can cause resentment and pain.
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Sylvia Smith loves to share insights on how couples can revitalize their love lives in and out of the bedroom. As a writer at Marriage.com, she is a big believer in living consciously and encourages couples to adopt this principle in their lives too. Sylvia believes that every couple can transform their relationship into a happier, healthier one by taking purposeful and wholehearted action.