For many who never asked, “What are we?”
When it comes to uninitiated (you happy bastards), the “almost relationship” is noncommittal and acknowledged just in a few settings (aka: the bar, dark alleys, almost every other Tuesday). Potentially an effect of hookup culture, it is the limbo between setting up and a relationship that is full-blown. You could hold hands, meet with the parents, and even say, “I actually, actually, like you,” but (and also this is key), you’re JUST friends. For a time, things is certainly going swimmingly within the water of No dedication through to the other 1 / 2 of the duo unexpectedly moves on to something concrete. Theoretically, there weren’t any ties to be severed, if you’re allowed to feel anything when the “almost relationship” ends…But you will so it’s not as.