I don't think there is a clear-cut answer as everyone will interpret the terms differently.
For the most part they are probably interchangeable.
If you say you are dating, you definitely like the person but haven't decided on the sustainability of the relationship.To take it a step further, people will also say dating exclusively.This usually allows both parties involved time to find out if there's chemistry, compatibly, etc..For those of you who have already knocked boots in the first 3 dates please move on to seeing someone.You set a date, make plans, and get lost in each others eyes on a daily basis.
Everythings in bloom, you can't stop smiling and finally the time has come and before you know it, BAM, it's Marriage Mania: (please insert your own comments here.
If you really want to know the difference, ask whoever is using the term. If you have never met before its casually called a "meeting" or first date( I prefer meeting, to me date means there is an initial attraction), if you have met before and your already on to the next step...2. This means you have met already and are interested, and want to see if there is good communication and interaction...
Either way "dating" and "seeing", both seem non-commital so I wouldn't take it too seriously. This can go a couple differnt ways, we can go on multiple dates, cramming as much fun-loving activities as you can in one 6 hour night, or it can be more modest and involve in a hug or peck goodbye, or a simple exchange of phone numbers (Assuming you don't already have them).
You are still cold and consider turning back and getting your towel. Picking up someone in a bar is a Pick up not a date...... I'll call you at 8pm Motlygrl....thats a phone "date" its a commitment to a Moment not a life. JUst found far to many people have far too many differences of opinions but I have a better idea of the general concenus!! I would like to take the question one step further. If people think nowadays that DATING is just to go out and have some laughs, then what the heck is that? Personally I came to the conclusion that its an age thing...depends on how old you are.
(dating exclusively)Your body adjusts to the cooler temperature of the water which now feels comfortable , allowing you to swim freely. i had dating as my status here for awhile because that's what i am currently doing: dating! Meeting someone for coffee is a Date...was "pre arranged" I'm seeing someone means rejection for you becuz I have been making pre arranged "dates" with some one on a regular basis. I use dating on my profile for what it is, to make "Appointments" to spend time with various people. If you are "dating" someone (using the definition of a planned meeting), at what point are you expected to not be dating other people? that is an activity partner with the chance of an intimate encounter or two?? Dating is and always has been two people who want to see if there is a possiblility of a realationship down the road. It certainly confused me and sadly through this confusion i did a few mad things on impulse with this bloke because I did not know???
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