Are You Dating Or Are You Boo’d Up?

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Have y’all ever been in a situation where you’re dating someone and somebody is quick to ask you whether or not he or she is your boyfriend or girlfriend? Well I’m here to let you know that if you answered “yes” to that question, you’re not alone.

See, people tend to act quickly in questioning whether or not you are in a relationship. With the younger generation, our peers tend to jump headfirst into being boo’d up before actually getting to know the person they are involved romantically with. So, you shouldn’t get offended when your peers ask you this question because, well, that’s what they’re used to.

What our peers do not seem to understand is that there is a difference between dating someone versus actually being in a relationship with them. Dating is a work in progress towards actually being in a committed relationship. You are supposed to use that time to actually get to know the person before having an established title.

According to the site The Date Mix, “The main difference between dating and being in a relationship is that people in a relationship are connected by a mutual commitment to each other. You and the person you’re with have agreed, either officially or unofficially, that you’re seeing each other exclusively and are in a partnership together.” So relax and take the time to get to know him or her before you jump into a committed relationship.

But hear me out on this one. Whether or not you are in a committed relationship, the truth is it isn’t anyone’s business unless you volunteer that information. No, I am not advocating lying. I am simply trying to tell you that it is okay to leave people in the dark on your personal life.


By Trinity Bishop, Freshman, Southern Illinois University

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