What is dating? What is your definition of it? I ask this, in reference to to the phrase, "No, I'm not in a relationship, but I am dating." What does that mean?
Is dating, seeing one person in particular? Like, I'm dating John. Isn't that then a relationship? Or is it a statement purporting exclusivity but not commitment? And at what point is the exclusivity established?
Is dating, going on dates with several people? Enjoying the company of different suitors in a bid to compare and decide who fares best with regard to commitment suitability? Or even just plain having a good ol' time with different people, with the aim of, well, having a good ol' time?
Does dating involve sleeping with the said exclusive, but not committed to partner, or sleeping with all or some or most of the several suitors? To get a "taste" of the fruit? Would that not be misconstrued as, ummm, being a "of loose morals"? (Disclaimer: I do not subscribe to the application of labels on anyone, at least I don't anymore. It's been an interesting week.)
Back to the topic at hand. What is dating? Does it have one definition or is it something that varies according to individuals? And if that is the case, what if two people who define dating as different things, end up together? How do they go about that?
I would love your take on this.