The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.
While the term has several meanings, the most frequent usage refers to two or more people exploring whether they are romantically or sexually compatible by participating in dates with the other.
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Dating is a stage of romantic or sexual relationships in humans whereby two or more people meet socially, possibly as friends or with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a prospective partner in a more committed intimate relationship or marriage.
It can be a form of courtship that consists of social activities done by the couple.
"It was very clear what the hierarchy was, but he called us both his 'girlfriends,'" she says.
The expiration date on this experiment was crucial: "I didn't want to be obsessing every day whether it worked for me, because that's a recipe for unhappiness." At the end of the six months, she'd assess.
This term may also refer to two or more people who have already decided they share romantic or sexual feelings toward each other.
She became his polyamory protégé, and has since had four open relationships.
In her second open relationship, her boyfriend already had a serious girlfriend.
When Ivy*, a 35-year-old activist, lived in New York, her relationships never seemed to work out.
She dated the way a lot of people date in the city, juggling multiple partners without any real forward movement.