It was established early on that neither of us date multiple people at the same time and that we will be/are exclusive.

just dating or girlfriend-6

I want to be exclusive when dating someone and adding intercourse to the mix, and I would prefer that she does the same........does not necessarily make us the dreaded girlfriend/boyfriend thing, it just means that we are enjoying each other to the point of having sex and that we care enough for each other and ourselves to do that exclusively.

To place labels on things like this just is a turn off to me.

Remember that we are the largest free online dating service, so you will never have to pay a dime to meet your soulmate.

I'm curious if any of you guys feel there is any substantial difference between dating a girl exclusively and being her boyfriend?

Every woman I met also had more or less the same idea about that as I did. It is also possible to be bf/gf without being exclusive if two people are into that.

Sounds to me like someone isn't sure what they want. The whole "dating exclusively" does not mean I'd have a girlfriend.

Who cares what other people do or how they label things ? but I could see how someone might distinguish them.

Is the purpose for your question to clarify your position in your relationship ? I would guess someone who said "we are dating exclusively" are trying to leave a backdoor for themselves but still keep you tied up just for the mean time till they know for sure about you. Dating exclusively means you go out on dates with only one person at a time, presumably for as long as it takes to figure out whether or not you can stand the person enough to be in a relationship.

The default is to spend your time together when possible, not ask for a date and wonder if the answer will be yes.