If he insists on calling you his partner, it's an early sign you guys could be in for the long haul.Keep in mind that partner is short for “life partner,” and it's a word synonymous with significant other and soulmate.
At the same time, not everyone we date in our mid-20s is our “soulmate,” and many of us still have our fair share of rebound relationships, one-night stands and other non-serious affairs.
But in general, the mid-to-late 20s shows a dating shift: We're closer to finding “the one,” and anyone we take seriously will, for lack of a better word, be taken seriously.
And this isn't high school serious (“Wow, he gave me his class ring! ), or college serious (“I'm so sad we'll be apart for winter break, but we have spring break to look forward to!
”), but adult serious (“I've already met his siblings and we're having a nice dinner together on Saturday night.”). When we find ourselves in this serious adult relationship, confusion may exist when we have that dreaded DTR, or “define the relationship” talk with our significant other.
In our mid-to-late 20s, we're bound to fall into more serious relationships.