This dating is intentional type of dating. In this dating relationship has another purpose apart from having fun only. One of main purpose is to start a new serious relationship after knowing each other well. In this dating people talk about their goals in life. They share their views about getting married. They can also decide to have children and how plan career & family together. Some also discuss their spiritual belief and their family background. Speed Dating, Online Dating & Blind Dating are part of this. In this chances are there that relationship may or may not be exclusive. Also, it depends that you may or may not be introducing this person to your family or friends.
It's interesting because if I say I dated a guy in past tense, that usually means it was someone I was hooking up with and not an ex-boyfriend because I'd just say ex. But if I'm dating someone in the present tense, that's probably someone who I'm hooking up with exclusively and seeing regularly, but we don't have the label yet. I wouldn't refer to a current boyfriend as 'the guy I'm dating.' Past tense is used more loosely.
When a friend tells me that he or she is dating, I usually ask them to explain what exactly they mean by the word “dating.” When they give me a blank stare, I prompt them by asking: Is it casual dating? Serious dating? Courtship? Are you seeing each other? Friends with benefits? Hooking up? What’s the goal? Where is this relationship headed? “Dating” can mean so many different things.