Call­ing part­ner ‘this one’ a bad idea

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H ash­tags and slangs have taken the in­ter­net by storm, and you, too, could be us­ing some. The one in ques­tion here is ‘This one’.

Typ­i­cally used by some­one to ad­dress their boyfriend or girl­friend, it’s of­ten used in sen­tences such as ‘do­ing yoga with this one’ or ‘chill­ing with this one’ in the cap­tion of can­did shots of cou­ples tak­ing a mid­night stroll hand in hand or en­joy­ing ad­ven­tur­ous ac­tiv­i­ties (#cou­ple­goals).

But, is it the right way to ad­dress your part­ner? Is there a deeper, hid­den mean­ing be­hind just this ex­pres­sion? Ac­cord­ing to James Preece, a fa­mous celebrity dat­ing coach and au­thor, re­fer­ring to your part­ner as ‘this one’ on so­cial me­dia could be a sign that your re­la­tion­ship is in un­der strain.

When used spar­ingly, it could be taken as a term of en­dear­ment. How­ever, when the phrase is used fre­quently, it could be taken as a sign that the per­son is try­ing to dis­tance it­self from the re­la­tion­ship, in­di­cat­ing com­mit­ment is­sues.

How­ever, Preece adds that it could also be that in the early stages of their re­la­tion­ship, some cou­ples like to keep things light to start with.

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