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An intimate network refers to a person's web of romantic, sexual, and platonic partners, their partners, and so on. It goes beyond social networking. Its usage is mostly to describe the intricate relationships within a polyamorous relationship. Mapping an intimate network might be done out of curiosity or to help the partners agree on the terms of the relationship.
Knowing the intimate network of ones partner can be a good thing. This allows a person to know their partners more deeply. A person's intimate network can provide insight on their emotional, psychological, and physical well-being. It can lead to a better understanding of each other. However, it can also lead to a whirlwind of emotions. As with the other aspects of being in a relationship, maturity is requisite.