Nowadays, people use it, but have no intentions of being in a relationship anytime soon and then one party gets upset because they were thinking that one day soon they would be together and it couldn't be farther from the other persons mind.
The other day my sister and her husband (Jake) and I werediscussing "exclusive" versus "committed."Of course, we guys had a different opinion than my sister.
If I'm in an exclusive relationship, I can lie on the couch while she does stuff with her family.If I'm committed, I'm doing that stuff with her family.The example Jake and I used was:"If I'm committed, I'm picking your dad up from the airport."Commitment is when lives are intertwined so much that your lives become one unified life.It's the reason that my recently married friend suddenly had a calendar that he and his wife kept in Google that I had to check in order to make plans with him-their lives had become that intertwined.
You've made a commitment to be faithful, to put energy in only that relationship.
Jake and I saw differences between committed and exclusive.