#4 May see each other occasionally, or even a little more.

If you’re not serious with someone, why see them all the time?

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The minute serious topics come up, someone has developed feelings.

[Read: 8 subtle signs your casual fling is turning into a relationship] Relationship If you’re already in love, but just want to feel reassured that the feeling is mutual and everything’s just dandy in loveland, look for these subtle signs in your romance. If you two lovebirds had the whole “we should be an item,” conversation, then things are pretty clear.

Even if it doesn’t pan out, there was a level of seriousness there that reflected commitment—more so than casual dating ever provides.

There’s also the underlying message: love is there.

#5 The chances for unfulfilled romantic feelings are high.

This is a sad reality that everyone needs to understand: sometimes you won’t end up on the same page.

Love isn’t a word thrown around lightly when casually dating.

Let’s consider the signs, to see where you might be. This isn’t always the case, but there’s a chance that if you’re casually dating, you have a friend who’s also single, and you’re having sex on occasion.

Casual dating is a marvelous way of getting to know all kinds of people, without having to feel tied down to anyone until you’re absolutely ready. That being said, it is important to remember that your dynamic with anyone, regardless of who it is, won’t be as intense or committed as in a serious relationship.

Serious relationships tend to be monogamous and long-term—or at least conducted with that intention in mind.

It may sound obvious, but people get tunnel vision and focus on the present, so it’s a good reminder: being in a serious relationship means you’re aiming for a future together.