There is a certain point, however, where you can let your guard down and know that the relationship is real and there's no sign it's going to end.

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Most relationships go through a “gray” trial period where both partners are unsure if they're on the same page with feelings and the status of the relationship.

This period is as exciting as it is emotionally tumultuous.

You're discovering the other person and maybe even falling in love, but also keeping your guard up.

Questions arise such as whether to use the “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” titles, who is going to take down his or her online dating profile first and when to start showing routine signs of coupledom, such as holding hands or using pet names in public.

A relationship is starting to get serious when you and your partner proudly display each other as significant others in the public eye.

You have no problem mentioning each other in tweets, posting photos together in Instagram pictures or including each other in Facebook status updates.For those who aren't social-media-friendly, there are other ways of letting the world know you're together, such as introducing each other as “girlfriend or boyfriend” and allowing your relationship to be in the limelight.Of course, holding hands or kissing in public never hurts.You know it's going somewhere when your boyfriend or girlfriend takes the time and effort to go that extra mile to make you happy.This doesn't just mean buying you that necklace you've been purposefully ogling over online whenever he’s in the room (though it certainly doesn't exclude that! When you care about each other, small gestures happen frequently, to the point that you take care of each other as if you're taking care of yourselves.Picking up dinner or buying two movie tickets shows that you're willing to make sure you both are provided for.