In the ‘good, old days’, it was relatively easy to define your relationship status. In regards to the convention of your Facebook status, you could choose from single, in a relationship, engaged, married, or it’s complicated. However, as the dating landscape has evolved over the years, these days, it’s hard to keep track of all the available words to define one’s relationship status. They have friends-with-benefits, polycules, monogamish relationships, booty calls, and situational relationships, also known as, ‘Situationships’.
Now, in this day and age where we’re exposed to meeting more people through different means – think, dating apps, events, social media – the idea of not conforming to a serious relationship is becoming even more mainstream. Now, with more singletons delaying marriage and focusing on their lives according to their needs, wants and values, they often find themselves juggling with the occasional ‘grey’ area in a relationship that they don’t especially enjoy.
But out of all the confusing conundrums that we know, the most common type of relationship status that is becoming increasingly popular amongst the community here in Singapore is a situationship. In fact, according to Tinder’s recent Year in Swipe report for 2022, there has been a 49% increase globally in members embracing “situationship” as the new relationship intention.*
While the term has been around for quite some time, many are still unaware of what a situationship actually means. Ahead, we spoke to some experienced dating coaches including Andrea Tan, Bumble’s sex, love and intimacy expert, and Dr. Angela Tan, intimacy coach and Founder of the Academy of Relationship & Sex to hear more about what a situationship is and how you can go about setting boundaries with your partner.