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Another friend can't really pinpoint a time when she and her now-boyfriend stopped hooking up and started being a couple.It just kind of happened, and because they never DTR (defined the relationship), they don't have an official anniversary.But chances are good that the day a couple typically counts as their anniversary will get muddled along the way. Sure, there are problems with a hyper-masculine hookup culture that decides who is and isn't desirable (often, fat people, people with disabilities, and many other marginalized groups get the short stick).

"In retrospect, it makes the other kind of dating culture, where you go from having a few dates to suddenly being boyfriend and girlfriend seem really rash, right? People who wind up in relationships now spend a lot of time considering the relationship first (while enjoying all of the benefits of casual sex). But it also reveals how artificial the picking of the day always was," Dr. "And how it's really just a social construction that we're supposed to have a day in the first place." And if anniversaries are a social construct, anyway, does it really matter if you have one?

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My girlfriend and I also had a complicated path to our relationship.

We hooked up for four months before she asked me to make it official.

We're in full swing of a hookup culture, where it's expected that we'll have casual sexual relationships, at least until things don't feel so casual anymore.

And if we're at all indicative of larger trends, this kind of hookup culture is changing the way we think about anniversaries.

So instead of unloading our feelings, many of us find more creative ways into a relationship.

"Maybe at first you've hooked up and then the next stage of the relationship is that you're hooking up, and then you're just hooking up with each other, but you're not in a relationship," Dr. It's a series of baby steps that can eventually end in a committed relationship.

In Chinese dating culture, formality leads so remember that from start to finish.

When you want to meet a woman, whether online or in person, be formal.

We count our anniversary as the day we DTR, but we could just as easily count it as the day of our first date (which would make our relationship significantly longer).