Trinity Kubassek/Pexels

What Does A Casual Relationship Mean? 7 Guys Reveal What It Means To Them

I essentially consider all of my relationships to be casual until someone declares that they are madly in love with me. You can get in a lot of trouble assuming any kind of exclusivity these days, especially with internet dating culture, where your crush could potentially be seeing five other people at the same time. To be safe, I always assume things are casual, but then again, what does a casual relationship mean anyway? To men and women, the definition might be different.

To me, casual dating can mean a few things. First, it can be the non-stressful hangouts that occur before you decide you actually want to get serious and potentially have a relationship with someone. You know, it's that interview process before a relationship: the coffee dates, the Netflix and chill nights, maybe a dinner date or two, but nothing too intense. It's that relaxed, carefree time before you've commingled friends or discussed your childhood traumas.

It can also be where you've both come to a decision that your relationship is going nowhere, but you enjoy one another's company anyway. This lands you both into friends with benefits territory. But I guess labeling it "casual dating" sounds more elegant.

However, when I asked my friends and scoured the internet for answers about what other people thought casual dating meant, I realized that the answers varied. So, as one does, I headed straight to Reddit, where one poster decided to ask legions of men what the f*ck a casual relationship really means. And here is how some of those men responded. Woof.

1. It's Where No One Has To Check In With Anyone

Marija Mandic/ Stocksy

2. It's The Occasional Fun Hookup

So basically, internet dating.

3. It's Friends With Benefits

JOSELITO BRIONES

4. It Has No Emotions Attached

5. It Has An Expiration Date, But It's Not Meaningless

6. It's Not Exclusive

Dragon Images/Shutterstock

Dang, daddy, OK.

7. It's FWB Who Share Meals Sometimes

TBH, that seems like my kind of relationship...

What do you think casual dating is? Could it lead to a relationship, or is it an endless purgatory in the casual gray area? Sound off in the comments. Although, I'll probably be confused about the definition forever.

Check out the “Best of Elite Daily” stream in the Bustle App for more stories just like this!