For dating to begin, both individuals must share some feelings towards to each other and a desire to get to know the other person more for romantic purposes.
Quoting Ryanair Guru (Reply 2): Interesting question.
I guess it is largely cultural, as I know very few people (i.e. We have "relationship" and the elusive "seeing each other".
Examples of this would include a relationship between an employer and an employee or a relationship between a doctor and his patient.
Dating, on the other hand, is a process where a person gets to know another person for the sole purpose of determining if that person would be a suitable partner.
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I don't normally start non-av threads, but when I do... You guys can argue semantics too I think: "Dating" is a term I'm rather... To me, it means either "we've just met" or "we're in a cop-out relationship".
Do people in this day and age consider a "relationship" an antiquated concept? Some go for a one-night stand (case in which, it shouldn't last long either).
If there's attraction and compatibility, the general idea is to go for more, no?
"Relationship" seems to be a term which many are unfamiliar with.
It includes mutual effort and sometimes compromises on the part of each partner. "Dating" is a perfectly good term that has been corrupted.
Feel free to address all or few or none of the ideas above. I consider "relationship" to be standard terminology, with everything else sounding odd. With the decline of marriage, surely a "relationship" is now the highest level of emotional and physical attachment?