#4 May see each other occasionally, or even a little more.
How good of a chance do you really have at making it work for the rest of your lives?
Now, if the person makes it obvious you’re not even close, and will never meet their friends, it’s never going to get serious. Casual daters don’t usually find themselves sighing on a bench, in a garden, fantasizing about a long, lasting future with someone.
The expectation is low, so marriage and family planning aren’t really on the table.
Even if it doesn’t pan out, there was a level of seriousness there that reflected commitment—more so than casual dating ever provides.
There’s also the underlying message: love is there.
That means there’s a chance you’re easing into a serious relationship with the person, but are waiting to become an official item.