I'm curious to see opinions for this one, especially from the guys. Background: Guy I'm currently seeing I've been seeing for about 7 months total, first for 5, he dropped off the planet for a month and a half, and now we've been back for almost 2. He said his reason for dropping communication was for family/personal emotional issues (sister had miscarriage, father's Alzheimer's is getting worse, feeling depressed), but I wouldn't be surprised if it was to try his chances with another girl. Questioned him about it, he swears up and down no. I don't care either way, just would prefer honesty. Been touching on the issue of what we are and what's in store for us. I'll admit I've skirted the straight up "what are we, how do you feel about me, what are you thinking" convo because I try to let guys decide that and to reveal it when they feel comfortable. He has pretty much said that he sees us as an exclusive dating couple without labels, and that the only label and commitment that really matters is marriage. What do you think? Cheap cop-out from saying "I see us as friends with benefits, but if I tell you that you'll probably leave" or do you feel that it's fairly legit man-reasoning? Anyone feel nervous about the jump to official relationship status even if you really like someone? He hasn't introduced me to his parents or friends, so there hasn't been an opportunity for him to use friend/girlfriend/awkward silence intro. He isn't much for showing emotions and claims that most the men in his family go about relationships the same way. However we do have a lot of quality hang out time and shared interests. It doesn't seem like it's just about the sex because he could be getting a LOT more if he wanted. I'm thinking that's just an easy cop out for bailing if he finds someone else, but then again, he might just be a commitment-phobe from previous relationships.