Dating is a stage of romantic relationships practised in Western societies whereby two people meet socially with the aim of each assessing the others suitability as a prospective partner in a future intimate relationship.
What qualifies as dating someone?
“Dating” means youre going on dates. You are actively getting out there and meeting people and spending time with them. “Dating someone” means youre seeing somebody specific, with purpose and on a regular basis. Youre spending time with a person (or persons) in hopes of finding a committed relationship.
Is dating someone the same as having a girlfriend?
Generally speaking, dating describes a less serious level of commitment before either person is ready to describe the other as a girlfriend or boyfriend. This is not a firm rule because the terms have no strict definition.