Definition dating exclusively
Do you want the other person to have sex with other people while they have sex with you?The two of you may also choose be exclusive out of respect for one another and safety. You may choose to see them exclusively to see how things progress without without the distraction of dating anyone else.It was established early on that neither of us date multiple people at the same time and that we will be/are exclusive.
The exclusivity only means that when you ask for a date and the answer is ``I'm busy that night,'' that ``I'm busy that night'' doesn't mean ``I'm busy boinking someone else that night.''That's news to me.
If anything, people begin as acquaintances, move to "dating," with "bf/gf" labels being applied after they have established that they no longer have to show ID before asking each other out.
When they then move on to "getting serious," and want to establish exclusivity, then they add that separate label, almost like a Scout Achievement badge, to any existing labels they've already applied.
I personally see that a boyfriend / girlfriend label as a more committed term.
The gentleman above me I think has similar thoughts to myself, but is rather more talented in explaining them.