“We’re not dating. We’re just ‘talking’.” Expectations Associated with Male–Female Relationship Labels
College students responded to a survey of their expectations for communication behaviors, qualities, activities, and personal disclosures they associate with male-female relationships labeled friends, hanging-out, talking, casual dating, dating, boyfriend/girlfriend, and romantic relationship. The results show specific relationship differences and suggest three relational categories: nonromantic (friend), preromantic (talking, hanging-out, and casual dating), and romantic (dating, boyfriend/girlfriend, and romantic relationship). Of the 23 activities evaluated, 17 significantly differed among the relationships. Although this study finds specific differences between relationship labels and categories, it also found a core set of expectations that exists across all relationships that might be regarded as fundamental to any interpersonal relationship.
This is an unpublished article by Redmond, M.V. We’re not dating. We’re just ‘talking’.” Expectations Associated with Male–Female Relationship Labels. 2018; 1-50. Posted with permission.