[Read: 19 sure signs you’re in an exclusive relationship already] What does exclusive mean and how do you know when you’re ready for it?
Being ‘exclusive’ felt nebulous and unsteady.” In their paper in the , professors Jesse Owen and Frank Fincham deduce from their research what you would probably hear from your best friend (but it’s nice to know that there is an academic study to back it up): “If ambiguity about the level of commitment [from a FWB relationship] continues into their exclusive romantic relationship, then it is likely to affect negatively their relationship quality.”Sure, some people may think that if you’re exclusive, you’re also officially together. Meaning, you might not be able to tell when you’re exclusive. Being exclusive is a term used to describe when a couple decides to only ever date each other. Becoming exclusive is declaring your commitment for someone. Those who have commitment issues find this word to be super scary.