Apparently people aren’t happy with relationship labels like “just dating” and “we’re more than friends” so someone had to make up a new term for it. It's called a “situationship."
Situationship, according to Cosmopolitan writer Carina Hsieh, describes the situation of two people who behave like a couple, but don’t have a label. They leave belongings at each other's house because they know they will be coming back. They bring each other on family dinner as dates. They are certain that they have feelings for each other and it isn’t just sex. But then again, they don’t have a label. They just know that they are not, well, nothing.
“It’s a scary precipice, teeter-tottering between ‘more than hooking up’ and ‘very much dating,’ where a simple ‘what are we’ can throw the entire system out of balance,” Carina further explains. “There must be some feeling involved in a situationship. If there weren’t any feelings, it would be merely a hookup.”
The romantic situation may either evolve into an official relationship or not. It’s dating at a standstill with no promise of taking it into the next level.
Basically, a “situationship” is the 2017 reincarnation of “it’s complicated.” There’s nothing wrong with being stuck in this kind of setup if that’s what you want at the moment. But at the end of the day, agreeing on the boundaries of your romantic involvement will only help solidify your bond as a couple (or non-couple). This stuff is confusing.