One of my biggest takeaways while exploring Western Europe for six months was a conversation I had with an Austrian couple. Within a few minutes of meeting in an Irish pub, the lady of the couple asked, "So, is dating a construct of Hollywood? Do Americans really go on What struck me the most was that there isn't a word in many languages for what North Americans call "dating," and that, in fact, few cultures around the world actually "date. So what does it mean, to date? And how do other people get to know one another before committing, having casual sex, or something else?
What Does Dating Mean?
I Thought We Were Dating But He Says We're Just "Hanging Out"—What Does That Even Mean?
You would think something like whether or not you're dating someone would be pretty easy to figure out, but alas, it's , and NOTHING is obvious and easy anymore — not even realizing if the situation-ship you're in is a relationship. For months before my boyfriend officially asked me to be his girlfriend, I racked my brain trying to figure out what in the world we were doing. Were we just hooking up? Well, no, because we went on "dates. Well, luckily, I'm not the only one who's been in that awkward position. A recent Reddit thread asked ladies, " What is your 'Wait, are we dating?
Are You Just Dating or in a Relationship?
Subscriber Account active since. Relationships aren't always black and white. Sometimes it's necessary to break things off with someone with whom you're not officially an item. Whether you've gone on a few dates but sparks just aren't flying or you have a "friends with benefits" arrangement, it can be tough to know how to break up when you're not even really together.
If we like each other, we should be together. End of story, right? Unfortunately, it never seems to be that simple even though it should be. It should be easy.