Everything in term of relationships, sex and all stuffs related is very various and way too much information on-lines and books. I am not going to cover all in my posts of this travel blog, seriously. I just observe, experience, think and write what I think/feel.
Serious relationship, aka romantic one, boyfriend-girlfriend one. No comment on this type. It is so obvious. Couples love each other. And well, do things like couples do 😉
A casual relationship is one where both partners agree and are comfortable with both partners dating others, getting emotionally involved and possibly having sexual contact. In a casual relationship, there is no commitment at all except to be decent to and honest with each other. In a casual relationship it’s not necessary to end it by a break-up … but a decent person will tell you, as a matter of common courtesy, why they don’t want to see you any more.
Pretty much all new relationships start out as casual relationships, and by my definition it also includes friends with benefits and f*** buddy relationships.
In a casual relationship, a relationship can continue for as long as you desire and may not have any real breakup. The couple may see each other for years and remain friendly. It is sometimes harder to end (well, I don’t really know…only one experience) unless one gets into a serious relationship, move too far away, or get tired of each other, etc. The ending of a casual relationship may be on such good terms (compared to a serious relationship) that you may still contact them as friends or even invite them to your wedding (as a guest)!!!
According to wikipedia.org
A casual relationship, colloquially known as a fling, is a physical and emotional relationship between two people who may have a sexual relationship (a situation colloquially called friends with benefits or fuck buddies) or a near-sexual relationship without necessarily demanding or expecting the extra commitments of a more formal romantic relationship. Motives for casual relationships vary. There are significant gender and cultural differences in acceptance of and breadth of casual relationships, as well as in regrets about action/inaction in those relationships.
A casual relationship may be part-time, or for a limited time, and may or may not be monogamous. The term encompasses friendships between people who enjoy each other’s physical intimacy but do not aspire to be long-term, and may or may not involve parties who desire temporary relationships purely for hedonistic purposes. In each case, the relationship’s dominance in the lives of those involved is being voluntarily limited, and there is usually a sense that the relationship is intended to endure only so long as both parties wish it to.
A casual relationship differs from casual sex, which has little or no emotional element, and from a one-night stand, as the relationship extends beyond a single sexual encounter. To the extent such relationships include casual sexual contact, the relationship is generally focused on fulfilling sexual desires rather than romantic or emotional needs.
Casual relationships sometimes include mutual support, affection and enjoyment, which underpin other forms of loving relationship.
An open relationship is an interpersonal relationship in which the parties want to be together, but in which they agree that a romantic or sexual relationship with another person is accepted, permitted or tolerated. To large degree this is a generalization of the concept of open marriage beyond matrimonial relationships.
I still do not how different between fling and casual relationship. All of them are slightly different from each other. Sometimes I misunderstand. I do not know which one I was in…
Oh well, just a brief copy around wiki for relationships I am interested in reading now. Never mind! 😉