“It doesn't have to be framed as a breakup,” says Davila.“It can be something more like, 'I've enjoyed hanging out with you, but I'm realising that it's not what I want going forward.How do you break up with someone if you’re not even in a relationship?
Now, all your date has to do is show up on time, as promised, and he or she wins points (versus making a dinner reservation or actually coming up with a plan for a date). That’s right, now you find yourself with this person a LOT, like 24/7.
Maybe you’re still in the dating-multiple-people phase. No matter what level you and your yet-to-be-defined relationship partner are at, at some point, it’s bound to come up and it's important you make sure you're on the same page.
But when is the right time to define the relationship?
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that the longer you’ve been dating someone, the more you owe them a proper break-up.
“The more intense the feelings, the more you owe it to someone to be clear about the breakup - if not in person, then certainly with some elaboration about what changed,” Davila explained to My Domaine.