But suddenly I feel lost on the girls’ brunch staple: Instead of consulting Urban Dictionary, I asked Facebook and Twitter. I considered standing on a street corner and asking NYC strangers but a blizzard made me scrap that idea. I certainly think of DATING and SEEING as different in my mind. The conclusion of my (extremely) limited study (“study”) was a shockingly even divide between the two camps. Or maybe I’ll just slip on some elbow length gloves every time I sit down to blog, and tell you I’m not old-fashioned. Which one do you think is less casual: “Dating” or “Seeing”? It’s reached the point where I’ll mention him to my friends, the dude’s got potential. Like the difference between the B and D train: one easily gets you to the American Museum of Natural History, the other zooms you up to 125th leaving you wondering what the hell you did wrong and OMG am I in Harlem!? Annnnnd….a lot of other people think the exact opposite… “Seeing” can be applied to your friend with benefits, your ex, and tonight’s Bumble date. Maybe I need to change my wording when I write about dating, since I frequently do…In this situation, you are solely focused on one another. In the majority of cases, couples that are in a serious, committed relationship are interested in a possible future together (i.e.
Determining the seriousness of our relationship, however, can be very challenging and confusing.
Conversely, a committed relationship suggests that you are in a monogamous relationship.
In other words, you are completely committed to one another.
Once both parties are satisfied that: The relationship can then move into the ‘formal relationship’ territory.
So you are dating a terrific person – should you try to progress from casual dating to a committed relationship or “just leave it alone?