Natural progression of dating
"There is a gap between the teen years and adulthood during which we don't know much about the dating behaviors of young adults," Tyler Jamison, a researcher in the University of Missouri-Columbia's Department of Human Development and Family studies, told Reuters."Stayovers are the unique answer to what emerging adults are doing in their relationships." About as unique as a bride choosing a white dress for her wedding day.After being in this stage for awhile many people make the mistake of thinking the relationship is in trouble because they aren't still infatuated.In reality, the relationship is beginning to grow into Mature Love.So many people bail at this point and never actually reach the "Love" stage. You have reached the point of having a genuinely mature relationship, that, if you have chosen the right partner, is a beautiful thing.Reaching Stage 4 doesn't mean the fun is all over, though.
Unfortunately, if you don’t wise up about your uncommitted relationship, you will expect from it as if you are committed."Stayover" relationships aren't about delaying marriage; they're a reflection of the natural progression of dating relationships in America.For me, and most 20-something couples I know, the idea of waiting until marriage to have sex is unusual, if not altogether unheard-of.This stage encompasses the initial attraction and the first few dates.Your boyfriend seems perfect for you, and the two of you likely spend hours chatting.