17 Problems That Everyone With Commitment Issues Will Relate To

Because the long term is for suckers.

1. The first date with someone might be OK, but afterwards you actually have to plan to see them again, which is when the stress starts.

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2. Then suddenly you’ve had a few dates, and you start wondering whether they think that you’re technically “dating”.

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And wondering if you actually are? Is there a rule?

3. A friend will ask you something along the lines of “So what’s happening with you and [X]”, and you’ll immediately break out in a cold sweat.

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4. Very minor things that shouldn’t bother anyone will start to cause you unimaginable amounts of panic.

“Oh cool, you messaged me just to say ‘good morning’.”

*moves to Siberia*

5. When the probably-not-really-a-relationship ends, you’re briefly sad, but mainly relieved.

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Though you feel pretty bad about feeling relieved.

6. “Friends with benefits” sounds like it might the perfect relationship for you.

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All the fun, none of the commitment, right?

7. But then you realise you still have to put a label on it and that seems like way too much pressure.

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We should have rules and guidelines, and maybe a contract. Damn, this is stressful.

8. You live in fear of one day having to have a “deep and meaningful” conversation, because you know you couldn’t handle it.

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Especially since it’ll probably happen late at night, and there’s a good chance you’ll both be naked.

9. Even though you don’t know why you hate committing to anything, you know you shouldn’t be someone people actually rely on.

10. Any long-term arrangement is pretty stressful, even if it’s something completely non-relationship based.

A six-month contract is a long time when next week is already stressing you out.

11. You might be finding somewhere to live, but a year just seems like such a long time.

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12. You don’t ever want to plan further ahead than a few weeks.

It doesn’t matter that it’s a holiday, or something nice, it’s just too much pressure.

13. People in long-term relationships confuse you massively.

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14. Especially if they tell you about how they got together in their teens, and are somehow still doing their thing a decade later.

Literally, how is that possible.

15. You’re pretty convinced that marriage is a fiction that no one actually does, because how do people do that.

Lifelong commitment, eh? NO THANKS.

16. Then they decide to have a baby, which means they’re committing to an entire mini-human as well.


17. Mainly, though, you’re just doing your thing, because it’ll probably work out eventually.

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Luke Bailey is a senior editor for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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