What Is a ‘Situationship’ and How to Tell if You’re in One

“Look, we don’t have to put a label on it. That’s fine. I get it. But, you know, I just… I need some consistency.”

If you ever find yourself repeating this quote from 500 Days of Summer, you might be in a situationship.

The term situationship is a portmanteau of ‘situation’ and ‘relationship’.

What Exactly Is a ‘Situationship’?

It’s sort of a murky middle ground between being a booty call and being in a relationship with defined terms like boyfriend and girlfriend.

You haven’t defined the relationship. If you can’t call yourself someone’s boyfriend or girlfriend, you’re probably one-half of a situationship.

How to Tell if You’re in a Situationship

Your meet-ups are usually impromptu and plans are short-term. Dates typically come out of the blue and depend on your situation, hence the term.

You haven’t introduced each other to close friends and family. The relationship isn't considered serious enough to bring each other to reunions where questions about the status might arise.

There’s resentment from not meeting expectations. At this point, the situationship has become too toxic to function.

How to Tell if a Situationship Isn’t Right for You

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