Go from dating to boyfriend


After several glasses of wine, the dinner party I’m hosting has devolved into an impromptu relationship-counseling workshop in which my friends demonstrate their best advice for having “the talk,” or the conversation so anxiety-inducing that it warrants its own euphemism in scare quotes.

The talk is also known by a three-letter acronym: DTR, short for Define the Relationship — fittingly, also the name of Tinder’s official podcast.

” my friend says, lying on my bed and tossing her hair back in mock seduction.

This, she claims, is the most direct method of asking the person you’re dating whether he wants to be exclusive.

Have the conversation too late, and you might realize the person you’ve been spending every other night with will never introduce you to anyone outside of his Netflix account.