Go from dating to boyfriend

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Whether you feel compelled to ask the question after your first date or your 20th, you and your date should agree to exclusivity before calling each other boyfriend and girlfriend.

The process of building a relationship should happen gradually, writes psychologist Jamie Long in "10 Dating Do's and Don'ts From 6 Therapists" on Psychology Today's website.

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There are signs to look for before updating your social media relationship status.

If you notice that she is making the effort to reach out to you or if she pays attention to you more than others around her, this might be a sign that she is interested in taking your relationship to the next level.

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In today's dating scene, people tend to make quick judgments. I have never been one to go for online dating, I'm just not into it.

As you continue to go on more dates, Long recommends gradually revealing your personal story. After you feel comfortable sharing your thoughts, talk about how you would like her to be your girlfriend exclusively.

Other signs include making eye contact, trying to make you laugh or smile and finding any excuse to touch you.

Anthony Oster is a licensed professional counselor who earned his Master of Science in counseling psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Some couples may go on one or two dates and realize that they don't want to date other people.

Others may date for months and see several other people before deciding to date each other exclusively.

Somewhere deep down you may hope that the brooding bad boy is going to suddenly change — perhaps order you a refill when you head to the bathroom instead of talking up the bartender. A nice guy is just that: He cares about your feelings, is interested in spending time with you, and is courteous.

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