How do you define "serious" in 2015?
"It comes down to loyalty and trust. I think we live in a society where everything is in constant flux and everything is changing. There are so many ways for my boyfriend to meet someone in this day and age. He doesn’t even have to leave his room. It's very crucial to have the trust there. I would say that a long-term relationship is built on the understanding that both parties will be loyal to each other and that they love each other and that despite everything changing around them they will stay together." -- Christine, 24
"A long-term relationship doesn’t have to be the relationship but I have to get a sense going into it that this has potential to lead somewhere. You’re not fighting about petty things. You’re picking your battles. Your conversations have depth to them. When you’re younger it’s about who gives you butterflies. Now it’s about who, realistically, do you want to possibly see in your future?" -- Penny, 25
"A serious relationship is about someone you would be willing to talk to your friends about, maybe mention to your parents. They exist in your life story. A person who has a name and a personality. It’s more than just someone you’re seriously dating. You see them in the daytime. You hang out with them doing normal things. It doesn’t always have to be you know, dinner or a movie. It could just be going grocery shopping, being comfortable enough to do random stuff together and not plan." -- Maria, 26
“If they meet your friends, want to be with you during daylight hours, and are transparent about what's going on in their life and want to truly know about yours, then those are all the makings of a long-term relationship.” -- Olivia, 25
“Short-term relationships can be about exploring yourself or trying something new, but a long-term relationship is about growing closer, and growing together. That, for me, includes not just daily communication via text, email, or in person, but also intimacy. Physical presence is ideal, of course, but intimacy encompasses so much more, especially in a technology-driven world: nightly ‘dates’ talking, and watching Netflix, writing each other letters about our beliefs and debating each other, supporting each other from afar with little messages and gifts… intimacy is about vulnerability and tenderness, on top of the more physical manifestations.” -- Taylor, 25