To many guys, being able to casually date a girl is the pinnacle of dating. To those experienced in it though, the reality is a little different, generally not quite so simple, and maybe not even so glamorous. It can be complicated, a bit tough, but also great and an exceptional teacher when done correctly. Have you spent too much time in relationships in the past? Did you decide to dedicate this year to your own personal growth?
What Does It Mean to Be Casually Dating?
Dating means no serious attachment; a relationship is a true commitment. The level of the relationship you have with another person defines the difference between casual dating and being in an actual, committed relationship. Dating someone allows you to freely spend time with a person but with no promise of a long-lasting and long-term partnership. Dating can be intimately physical; a relationship has deeper emotional intimacy. The focus on the type and level of intimacy you have with another person also distinguishes dating from being in a relationship.
What Is Casual Dating Versus a Serious Relationship?
Relationships between the sexes were automatically considered serious if there was sympathy, mutual attraction, or sex between people. Now everything is different. A little flirtation, fleeting sympathy, passionate sex and even cohabitation under one roof are not the reasons to start relationships.
These days, matches on dating apps might as well be meaningless. The more online daters there are, the less anyone wants to settle down with just one person. Most people approach online dating with this casual approach, looking first and foremost not to scare the other person off by catching feelings. But for all the vitriol the concept of casual relationships receives, it can also be quite nice to see someone casually. After all, not everyone is built for long-term, serious, monogamous relationships.