I'm just saying let's call dating what it actually is, and then everything else, well, whatever it actually is.At loveisrespect, we get all kinds of questions about dating. If you have questions of your own or need more information, you can always chat with a trained peer advocate!
We use the gender-neutral term “partners” to refer to people in an intimate relationship, but you might use a different word (and that’s okay)!You're just bumping the naughty bits, and that's why we North Americans have so many, varied terms for what is essentially a no strings attached sexual relationship. So let's call dating what it really is: a way to get to know a complete stranger to see if they're a possible romantic partner for the long haul.There's a ridiculous amount of social pressure in North America to have sex, for men to have "more" partners, and for women to detach emotionally and make it "okay". It isn't an excuse to 'test the merchandise', or 'see how I feel in six months', or even, 'give him a taste'.Whether you call it “dating” or something else, all partners should agree on a definition and the same ground rules for the relationship.Keep these questions in mind: Hooking up is a broad term, but generally it refers to casual encounters between people who can be friends but don’t have to be.