What changes when you go from “dating” to “in a relationship”

Last Update : November 18, 2015

When you take the step from dating to relationship there are a few transitions to get used to. It’s not always as straight forward as it seems getting into a serious relationship, to give you the best chance at a successful long lasting relationship we have put together some of the major changes that take place when you decide to get more serious.


No longer as casual. This first point may seem an obvious one, however when you shift into a relationship things become more serious and therefor you must make your partner a priority in your day to day life. You need to be there for one another and whereas before you might not have spoken every day, now that you are in a relationship you have the right to know what your significant other has been up to and vice versa.

Meeting their parents and family. This can seem like a daunting part of a relationship, meeting the parents especially can be quite stressful, what if they don’t like you or you don’t get along? What does this mean for your relationship? But usually you don’t need to worry, the people your partner has grown up with, will usually share many of the same interests and beliefs as they do, and if you two get along, it is likely you and their family will too.

True colours: When you’ve made the step from dating to relationship, people begin to show their true colours. Something that might have seemed not to bother them before will now drive them insane, like not answering your phone for example, or hanging out with friends of the opposite sex. Once you have made a commitment to your significant other and taken things up a step from dating, be prepared for some of their flaws to creep through.