Flirtationship (n) – A social situation that comprises of more than a friendship, but less than a relationship; when you regularly flirt with a friend but do no more.
Flirtationships are tricky because they have no definitive lines. At the moment, this relationship is nothing. But could it be something? One person may think participating in a flirtationship could lead to something serious. Another could think that a flirtationship is just a something light and easy with no strings attached.
The main aspect of a flirtationship is that nothing physical has occurred. There’s TONS of compliments exchanged, giggles, maybe some hand holding – but any kind of hook up beyond that would be a friends with benefits situation. Which is a whole other can of crazy.
The upside of a flirtationship is that you are likely getting the attention you need. It occupies your time and satisfies your need for a little positive interaction. Especially when you’re not ready for a relationship. It barely takes up any of your real time because a flirtationship takes place mainly over texting and the Internet, with a couple hang outs here and there.
The downside of a flirtationship is if you want a relationship, this is not the most direct way to get to it. Because nothing physical has happened, it’s kind of clear that there is a line that has been drawn and hasn’t been crossed yet for a reason. Of course the innocence of a flirtationship is appealing and may seem like it could lead to an awesome relationship – but there’s usually a reason that you’re in a flirtationship and not a committed relationship.
So if you’re looking for fun and attention, go for the flirtationship. But don’t try to take it to the next level without knowing all the facts. Lines are often tip toed over in flirtationships, in order to test the water. It’s way safer than a friends with benefits situation and who knows – maybe you’ll take it to the next level at some point. If all the signs are there. Until then – just enjoy your simple flirtationship.