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What is dating?

Naresh and Priya work in the same office and they like each other. Naresh keeps teasing Priya often. Today, as Priya was leaving for home, he asked her if she would like to go for a cup of coffee with him. Priya asked Naresh if it was a date. Naresh wasn’t really sure and said yes! He kept wondering what exactly going on a date meant. Let’s help Naresh find this out through this article!

What does it mean? 

Dating is the period before the start of a possible relationship. When two people want to spend time with each other alone, to know more about each other- it is called dating. It may or may not end up in a romantic relationship. 

Going on a date - what does it mean? 

When two people decide on a time and a place to spend some good, uninterrupted time with each other in any way, it’s called going on a date. It can be anywhere - a restaurant,  having chai with each other, going to some coffee shop together or just hanging out in a park, or even going to a movie - just the two of them! 

The aim of going on a date means spending time with each other - exclusively so that both of them can know each other and understand each other. 

Dating is a good way to know each other and understand if you both like each other enough to be in a relationship.

What after the first date? 

It is not necessary to decide the fate of a relationship after just one date. Sometimes, you can like the other person but you can still not be sure if you want to be in a relationship. So you can ask them to meet again and then decide. 

However, sometimes, one date is just enough to understand that you do not like each other. Or one person may be interested but the other person may not be. It is absolutely okay to say no at any point in time. 

Is dating the same as being a couple? 

Dating is not the same as being in a relationship. Dating is a process of getting to know someone while being in a relationship or being a couple implies that two individuals are committed to each other. The terms ‘dating’ and "being in a relationship" are often used interchangeably, but they have different meanings.

When two people are dating, they may not be sure if they are a couple or just dating. They may be unsure of their feelings or what the other person wants. To determine if they are a couple, they should communicate their feelings and intentions to each other.

Can I date more than one person? 

One can date more than one person at a time, but it's important to be upfront and honest about it. It is not considered ethical to date multiple people without their knowledge or consent.

Best way to ask for a date? 

The best way to ask for a date is to be confident and direct. Be sincere and specific about your intentions and ask in a way that shows respect for the other person's time and feelings. You can ask for a date in person or over the phone or through text. It's important to be respectful, and not to pressure the person into saying yes.

Can married people date? 

Whether you're at the start of a new relationship or have been with your partner for years or even married to them, you can always go on a special date to spend quality time with them. Going on a date with your husband/wife on special occasions like anniversaries, birthdays or just on weekends is a good way to bring more romance into your married life. 

However, if you are married to someone, yet planning to go on a date with another person, it would be considered cheating on your partner, unless you have an agreement about this with your spouse.

To protect the identity, the person in the picture is a model and names have been changed. 

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