What is dating and how does it work?
December 7, 2005 5:22 PM Subscribe
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What is "dating", and how does it work?
posted by Lotto to Human Relations (48 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Before you assume that I must be a martian, let me explain. I'm British. And here, the whole dating thing just doesn't seem to happen. In my experience (as in my own + friends' + general observance), if two people are together, they're together. Sure, people get drunk or whatever and kiss people. But if they meet up after that, I think they tend to be what you refer to as "exclusive" as in not going on dates with/kissing anyone else.
I do admit that I am only 18, and therefore my experience of relationships generally is somewhat limited. However, from what I've gleaned from American teenage films and the like, American teenagers do the whole dating thing. So even if I'm just too young and British adults do date, why do British teenagers not?
Further questions: Say you're dating Tom, Dick and Harry. What does this consist of? Do you just go for meals/to the cinema/whatever with them? Do you kiss them? Do you do more than kiss them? Do you text/email Tom saying "I'm really looking forward to seeing you again xxx" and then immediately send the same text to Dick? (Harry has fallen out of favour).
Basically I just don't get how the whole shebang works. So, MeFites of North America, enlighten me! Detailed explanation, anecdotes/personal experience, whatever, it's all good.