The guy may define it one way, and the girl another.
One’s definition of the term “dating” can cause a lot of confusion, and subsequently, a lot of frustration for the roommates obligated to console their confused friends. So we asked students the question, what does it mean to be “dating” someone?
At loveisrespect, we get all kinds of questions about dating. If you have questions of your own or need more information, you can always chat with a trained peer advocate!
“Dating” means different things to different people, particularly across generations.
“It could be either just going on dates with someone or it could be what my parents call ‘going steady,’ where you’re more just going on dates with one person.” – Amy Vanden Brink, senior, humanities, Temecula, Calif.
“If you say you’re dating someone it means exclusively — nobody else. Dating someone means that you like them and they like you and you’re both interested in getting to know each other further; and there’s some level of commitment involved.” – Christian Hanselmann, senior, exercise and wellness, Indianapolis, Ind. Either you say you’re going out with them or you’re like seriously involved with them, invested in trying to get married with them.” – Cody Weller, junior, economics, Sugar City, Idaho “Well dating is a general term.
Even if your relationship is casual or you’ve only hooked up once, you can still experience abuse. You can chat with one of our advocates at any time of the day just by clicking the chat button, text us by sending “loveis” (capitalization does not matter) to 22522 or call us at 1-866-331-9474. So feel free to contact us anytime and know that we’ll keep our conversations completely confidential.Of course, marriage is different from dating in some ways, but you might be surprised at how similar they really are!What makes a dating relationship healthy or unhealthy usually applies to marriage as well.Dating someone your family doesn’t like can be really hard.It may cause conflict that makes you feel like you can’t be honest or even near the people you love.
There are other types of relationships that might not be considered dating that are just as real and valid.