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Going out on a date vs dating someone

LaCielleLaCielle Registered User Posts: 354 Member
edited June 2011 in College Life
I recently found out that going out on a date with someone doesnt nessecarily mean they're boyfriends/girlfriend or that they're dating.

Can someone explain the difference betwen dating and going on a date? How about just hanging out together?
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Replies to: Going out on a date vs dating someone

  • rymdrymd - Posts: 1,055 Senior Member
    Going out on a date = just a date
    Dating = going out on multiple dates, usually means they're not boyfriend/boyfriend, boyfriend/girlfriend, nor girlfriend/girlfriend yet, but people sometimes using "dating" to mean that the two are in a relationship
    Hanging out together = just friends... ?
  • PRiNCESSMAHiNAPRiNCESSMAHiNA Registered User Posts: 2,120 Senior Member
    Going out on a date can be compared to testing the waters. You spend some time together and get to know each other a little. If you do well, you can schedule another. "Dating" implies mutual exclusivity.
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Registered User Posts: 29,998 Senior Member
    Date = Just a date.

    The distinction I've never really understood is "dating" as opposed to "boyfriend/girlfriend". Unlike princess, I thought dating was less mutually exclusive than bf/gf. Hmm...
  • Marco117Marco117 Registered User Posts: 529 Member
    Going on A date- Means going on just 1 date and thats it. You might never date again lol. You're really still just friends or whatever at this point.
    "Talking"-You're talking/flirting about getting together.
    Dating- Similar to saying "Were hanging out". You're spending a lot of time together but you haven't made it official.
    Boyfriend/Girlfriend-Its official and you both recognize it as so. You can now update your facebook status to in a relationship.

    I've always seen dating, at least in todays world, as being less exclusive than being boyfriend/girlfriend. Back in the day it wasn't so, but now it kinda is.
  • ansaransar Registered User Posts: 2,071 Senior Member
    N/A .s.dfsdfsf
  • michaelwigginsmichaelwiggins Registered User Posts: 401 Member
    It means whatever the girl wants it to mean. You'll learn this sooner or later.
  • EliKressesEliKresses Registered User Posts: 1,787 Senior Member
    So wait, dating isn't the same as being boyfriend & girlfriend? So instead of telling people my girlfriend and I are dating, I'd ought go tell them we're together, or something like that?
  • AlixMRozAlixMRoz Registered User Posts: 308 Member
    Going on a date=Going on a date.
    Going on several dates, but not nessicarily exclusive=dating.
    Dating exclusively=boyfriend/girlfriend or dating. Depending on the campus culture.
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Registered User Posts: 29,998 Senior Member
    So instead of telling people my girlfriend and I are dating, I'd ought go tell them we're together, or something like that?

    You could just say that she's your girlfriend... that pretty much implies the dating and together thing.
  • EliKressesEliKresses Registered User Posts: 1,787 Senior Member
    Hah, good point. I usually do though...
  • daretorundaretorun Registered User Posts: 687 Member
    w t f why can't we just keep it simple and easy....
  • Emaheevul07Emaheevul07 Registered User Posts: 5,966 Senior Member
    In my vocabulary, going out on a date is just a date-- no commitment, no obligation, just sort of getting to know that person in a romantic capacity. "Dating" would not necessarily mean exclusivity,it just means that it is someone you are "seeing" regularly but may not be serious with yet. "We're dating" sounds way too casual to me for someone that you are in a serious relationship with.
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