Two friends dating each other
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It's basically a mutual contract for no-strings sex.
Unfortunately, more times than not, one party falls for the other, and the contract becomes invalid. You think of this person as a significant other, but to him or her, you're a sibling.
While they'd like things to be more serious between you two, you know deep down that the relationship isn't going anywhere. And after the bad news comes out, the relationship usually fizzles.
And we all know it's a complete BS, because everybody's ready for a relationship with the person.
This person is fun to talk to, but you don't see anything long-term happening. Consciously or not, we keep these people around to feel wanted. You slept together one night and fled early the next morning.
The stranger in the profile is giving the impression that you're desirable and worth pursuing. But you two must have exchanged phone numbers in a conversation you don't remember, because every time this person is looking for some action, your phone lights up.
The number and variations of types of pre-exclusive relationships isn't always easy for older generations to understand.
Since I'm sure I'm not alone on this, I've defined 11 different types of pre-exclusive relationships to help you figure out (and explain) your own nebulous situation.