Dating refers to activity-based social interactions that bring together two individuals who share a romantic attraction. There is a wide range of dating activities, yet they all provide the daters with opportunities to spend time together as a couple in some form of mutually enjoyable activity.

Why do people date? Dating is very often a first step in the path to a romantic relationship. By going out together as a couple, dating provides opportunities for the daters to assess their mutual romantic attraction and whether they might be compatible as future partners. At the same time, many individuals date simply for pleasure and companionship, without any desire for a future relationship. Whether a first stage to a romantic relationship or an end in itself, dating meets ...

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