Keep reading to learn about the five stages nearly every couple will experience, according to two dating experts.
Lucky for us, Laura Umphrey and John Sherblom, researchers from the Universities of Alaska and Maine (respectively), have simplified the process.
[Read: The 10 relationship stages every couple has to go through] Open and closed stages of dating Someone should invent a detailed diagram for the different stages of dating, showing those that take you one at a time towards the desired destination and those that will lead to an exit from the field of play.
The former of these are the open stages of dating, stages which follow a sequential and chronological order, which really is the name of the game with dating, and culminates with a productive outcome.
This stage comes after the early infatuation and courtship, but before you make any definite commitments.
You have gone out enough times to be sure you like each other and want to spend time together, but you are not ready to declare undying love.