When you are dating someone, do you feel the need to have a definitive conversation regarding the status of your relationship?
I've heard some say that a conversation never needs to happen, that if you are both mature adults who are clearly only dating each other and being physically affectionate with each other, then there is no question - you are together. If you have been introduced to family and friends, with affection displayed, then that is a particularly clear sign - you are together.
I've heard some say that you do need to have a definitive conversation where you "claim them as your own." They say this conversation provides peace of mind and security, clearing up any uncertainty, eliminating the awkwardness when another man/woman (or four) approach you for your phone number, pseudo-dates, or actual dates. There is also the question that all well-intentioned people ask, "So is he/she your boyfriend/girlfriend?"
What do you think? Is this a conversation you should or should not have? Why?