You're practically dating, but you deem your status with said person as "talking" to, in theory, avoid the commitment that comes with an exclusive label.

I miss him, but can I tell him? 

In the talking stage, you are somehow expected to keep it light. He isn't yours yet.

In the talking stage, you are somehow expected to keep it light. He isn't yours yet.

The infamous, "What are we?" question always lingering in the back of your mind

Men tend to avoid this question like the plague.

Telling your Mom is a no-go

If your mom is anything like my mom, you can't tell her anything until you know it's the real deal. It's like telling her about that one fight with your best friend. Unless you want her to hold a permanent grudge, you're better off keeping your mouth shut.

Are you into him? Or the idea of him?

The talking phase is deceiving. It can have you all over the place about a guy that you might not even actually like if you were in a committed relationship. Think about it this way: how many times have you thought the previews of a movie looked great and been disappointed by the actual movie?

When it ends before you could put a real label on it

Can't call it a breakup when you never dated, but it all hurts just the same. You can kiss the concept of closure goodbye.