It's obvious that you're an important part of his life, or otherwise he'd be out with his drinking buddies instead of holding you in his arms every night. First of all, don't get overemotional about it yet. He likes the friends-with-benefits arrangement and regular sleepovers. If he says you mean the world to him but still doesn't assign a label to your relationship, believe him at his word.
You might wonder if you should give him the big ultimatum about your relationship status, let it slide, or have a conversation about mutual respect and expectations in a relationship. Before you go having the relationship talk and cause an explosion or breakup prematurely, look at these signs to determine where you fit on his relationship totem pole. He might not be ready to change his Facebook relationship status or go ring shopping, but you might be on the track to falling in love.
One thing I know for sure, a man will move mountains for the woman he wants to be with and there won't be any uncertainty about your relationship status.
Remember, King Edward VIII gave up the British throne when he fell in love with Wallis Simpson. -- Julie Spira is America's Top Online Dating Expert and Digital Matchmaker.
Still, dating labels for relationships mean more to a woman than they do to a man. He's not sure about your feelings for him and doesn't want to jump the gun. Acknowledge both your feelings about the label and his.
For more dating advice, follow @Julie Spira on Twitter and sign up for the free Weekly Flirt newsletter.Instead he'll call you his friend in public, or will tell his friends that he's been hanging out with you, even when he knows and shows you that his feelings are deeper for you. He might have work pressures or other issues on his mind and be completely happy with the way your relationship is heading.To a guy, the label of girlfriend makes him think of additional responsibilities, which may include financial, legal, or even taking the walk down the aisle, which he isn't just ready for yet. Express why it's important to you to acknowledge your status as a girlfriend in public and how you value the relationship.With one woman he dated, it happened like this: "After a handful of dates and getting to know each other better, I began realizing even though we had good chemistry, we had no shared interests or values," he says "I decided having the conversation' wasn't worth the stress."Freddie, 32, agrees with David's explanation—sometimes the initial attraction is enough to keep a relationship moving forward, even when it shouldn't.After meeting a woman on Instagram—which apparently happens in real life—they went out a few times.For me, I preferred texting (especially in the morning) as I felt I could say more, leave a lasting thought and connect while I could always call later in the afternoon or last thing at night.If you find the calls or texts too suffocating, you can gently tell him and let him know which you prefer."I decided to go right to the source and ask guys who have gone MIA what the heck happened. "There have been many instances in which I've met someone—almost always via online dating—and had two, three, or more dates, all fine and fun, and then I just dropped off the map," says Louis, 34.First up: Alex, 28, who blames his disappearing act on having just gotten out of a serious relationship. He continues, "The norm in my case tends to be that I meet someone, and I like them—we have a good time, there's chemistry—but I can't necessarily see myself committing to them, or can't foresee an actual relationship.He'll show you from his actions how important you are to him.He'll make sure his friends and family know that you're his girl.