weekends or every couple of weeks) or you may see each other every day or the majority of the week.Moreover, “casual dating” may or may not include sex.
Words like "girlfriend" and "boyfriend" are used to describe a relationship in which two people consider themselves to be a couple.
This doesn't mean they have made a long-term commitment or have agreed to be monogamous. Some people commit to seeing each other exclusively before agreeing to use labels like "girlfriend" or "boyfriend." If the person you have been seeing wants to use these terms, it means she considers you to be a couple. When people start dating during high school, they are usually trying to have fun and learn about relationships.
Generally speaking, "dating" describes a less serious level of commitment before either person is ready to describe the other as a girlfriend or boyfriend.
This is not a firm rule because the terms have no strict definition.
However, when I think of the word “dating,” I think of exactly that: Two people going on dates—not a relationship.
Now, it seems that when we, as a society, are referring to two people going on dates, we say they are “talking.” Why has this changed?
Kelsey Palmer, a senior public relations major at Bowling Green State University, also sees a difference among college-age generation and older generations.
She said, “I feel like older people use the term dating in a weird way because they will go out to dinner with different people and say they are dating around just because they went on a date with someone.” Recently, I have noticed that I need to explain myself to anyone if I say I’m “dating” someone so that they don’t automatically think I’m in a relationship with someone.
If the person you have been seeing acknowledges that you are dating but doesn't want to use words like "girlfriend" or "boyfriend," she or he doesn't consider the relationship solid -- yet.