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Awkward AF Signs You're in an Almost Relationship

Awkward AF Signs You're in an Almost Relationship

By: Lauren Jenkins

Our generation seems to have mastered the almost relationship: when you can't call him your boyfriend, but you still play house like a "real couple." 

You don't know how to approach good morning/night texts. In most serious relationships, your partner will be the first person you talk to every morning and the last each night. 

When you’re texting all day and staying super up-to-date on each other's lives, but not officially dating, it’s hard to know if the "sweet dreams" text is expected or excessive. 

To be safe, you decide to limit yourself to one or two a week. But once that’s settled, you realize...

You have no idea what to call him. Telling your friends about a guy you’re not seriously dating already says something, but it’s even more obvious you’re in an almost relationship when you’re at a loss for how to refer to him. 

You can’t say boyfriend, but he's definitely more than a friend. If he wasn’t, it wouldn’t matter that...

Creeping his Insta is the only way to find pics to show off. Chances are you haven’t taken any pictures together yet, but you just need to show all your friends what he looks like...

So you save some of his best shots from social media on your phone and hope he never finds out. Even worse,...

Figuring out how to handle PDA is a huge hassle. When two people are dating, no one thinks twice about them holding hands in public or quickly kissing in front of some friends. 

But almost relationships make the PDA question confusing as hell. "Is holding hands too coupley? Will everyone we’re with get the wrong idea?" It’s no less awkward when he’s not around because…

You've got no clue whether you should flirt with other dudes. It can feel so freaking weird to give out your number when you’re 99% sure you’re heading to his place later. 

If you’ve given each other permission to see other people but still feel nervous about actually doing it, you’re totally caught in an almost relationship. You know you should deal with that head on, but...

You're not sure how real to get. When they’re sick you’ll want to take care of them, and when you’re sick you’ll want them to nurse you back to health, but those are serious violations of a casual fling. 

If your first thought when you’re sick is “I want him here,” you’re in deeper than you think. You acknowledge that, but don’t want to bring it up because...

Talking about your feelings is just too scary. It’s so hard to know how much to share. 

Obviously, you’re both somewhat into each other, but you don't want to make a sentimental comment that you quickly have to downplay with a joke because it made things weird. 

But if you’ve been seeing him for awhile and want to take things to the next level, bite the bullet and let him know. Worst case scenario, he won’t agree. But who knows - maybe you’re both ready for something real. 

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