"A no-strings-attached relationship spotlights the difference between emotional commitment and no commitment," explains Weber. Such as: "We're talking." "We're hanging out." "We're texting." "We're exclusively hooking up, I think, but we never discussed it so we're like exclusively non-exclusive because I'd be SO pissed if he slept with someone else because he made me breakfast Sunday morning but I don't know maybe he is seeing Angela's roommate behind my back? But you do like this person, so twin-bed coitus, DFMOs (Dance Floor Make-Outs), and late-night convos in the common room with Solo cups of Georgi and her UGGs up on your lap satiate you.
"Thus, it can help you uncover what it is you want and don't want out of a future relationship." College is the perfect time to get this out of your system. That's why these "convenient" relationships can almost be more confusing than FWB -- there are some emotions involved, and the convenience factor makes it an easy pattern to fall into.
Regardless, the unique partnerships (or lack thereof) you choose during this time will affect how you date for the rest of your life.
Here, relationship expert and author Ana Weber fleshes out how each of these five college relationships influences the kind of adult partner you'll become.
So down the road you're more likely to choose a relationship that fits all your personal and emotional needs.
Yes, the completely independent lifestyle can be a nice comfort zone, but it can lead to skewed and immature expectations as an adult.
In college you're new to the process of "adulting" -- but you are adulting nonetheless.
When you're 25 and that paralegal from e Harmony stands you up on date number two because his "lizard came down with Zika," you know from experience that you can get through it.But even when your romantic partner stays the same, change happens in and around you all the time.And when your relationship transcends from homecoming court to History 101 to parenthood and beyond, getting too comfortable isn't so good.Freshman-to-senior year is one giant learning curve, and everyone is naturally naive.The negative here is this: "You can experience passion, connection, and deep admiration in a college relationship," explains Weber, "but young people often confuse love with sex, and lust with intimacy." Settling too quickly can lead to an unfulfilling long-term relationship, or getting your heart broken.