Casual dating is a marvelous way of getting to know all kinds of people, without having to feel tied down to anyone until you’re absolutely ready. That being said, it is important to remember that your dynamic with anyone, regardless of who it is, won’t be as intense or committed as in a serious relationship.

Serious relationships tend to be monogamous and long-term—or at least conducted with that intention in mind.

Maybe you’re texting one person, but planning a coffee date with another.

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Love isn’t a word thrown around lightly when casually dating.

Let’s consider the signs, to see where you might be. This isn’t always the case, but there’s a chance that if you’re casually dating, you have a friend who’s also single, and you’re having sex on occasion.

Life is hard, and love is perhaps one of the hardest aspects of it. [Read: 20 signs you’re wasting time in a one sided relationship] #6 Might not know each others’ friends. You have to prove yourself to meet someone’s friends, then prove yourself again upon meeting them.

If you’re still in the proving part, you may or may not have a shot.

The idea of sleeping with every single person that comes and goes isn’t exactly realistic for most people.

In fact, sometimes casual daters don’t sleep with anyone at all, opting to wait until a serious relationship is established.

#5 The chances for unfulfilled romantic feelings are high.

This is a sad reality that everyone needs to understand: sometimes you won’t end up on the same page.

It could be that one of you has intense feelings, and the other doesn’t.

It could be that one of you wants to commit to a relationship, but the other one isn’t ready, despite having romantic feelings.

The minute serious topics come up, someone has developed feelings.