Content Header .feed_item_answer_user .anon_user.logged_out . I realized that I may have not ever mentioned this.
I give dating advice as you all know, but what is this all for?
Let me share with you how I found out the point of all this.
So, the way I see it, "dating" is what happens before you're boyfriend and girlfriend.
Of course, life has a cute, charming way of making things unnecessarily complicated, so there are about one million different stages you can undergo within the "hooking up" and "dating" stages.
But overall, odds are you're doing something that falls under one of the two umbrellas.
I thought I had a pretty good grip on this whole "what does dating mean" thing.
I wouldn't refer to a current boyfriend as 'the guy I'm dating.' Past tense is used more loosely.
I would say 'dating' is when you are steadily going on dates with someone, not just steadily hooking up with someone.
I think back in the day, dating was more loosely going on dates with one or many people, but now dating is the past's equivalent of 'going steady.'It's interesting because if I say I dated a guy in past tense, that usually means it was someone I was hooking up with and not an ex-boyfriend because I'd just say ex.