Non-monogamous is an umbrella term that includes polyamorous, but also includes swingers and various other types of open relationships that focus on multiple sexual partners, but is limited to a single romantic partner.
Whereas polyamory, involves multiple romantic connections. You can absolutely find definitions of polyamory that include multiple sexual relationships at one time (in addition to romantic relationships), but that’s now how many others and I understand polyamory.
Since then, polyamory has taken on a variety of forms.
There is fluidity in its definition to accommodate the different shades of meaning which might be covered.
- [FWB] n : a casual relationship used to describe the physical and emotional relationship between unmarried people who engage in uncommitted sex acts.
The intent is generally to relieve sexual frustrations through an alternative to masturbation, and is not intended as a romantic relationship.
(This can only happen if both users agree.) Previously, couples looking to connect with an additional person had one profile, and were thus limited to including only one person’s characteristics: gender, ethnicity, height, etc.
which was confusing, misleading, and inefficient for finding others.