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What is “dating”?Dating is a form of courtshipconsisting of social activities done bytwo persons with the aim of eachassessing the others suitability as apartner in an intimate relationship oras a spouse. While the term hasseveral senses, it usually refers to theact of meeting and engaging in somemutually agreed upon social activityin public, together, as a couple.The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerablyfrom country to country. The most common sense is two people trying out a relationshipand exploring whether theyre compatible by going out together in public as a couple,and who may or may not yet be having sexual relations, and this period of courtship issometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.
MatchmakersPeople can meet other people ontheir own or the get-together canbe arranged by someone else.Matchmaking is an art basedentirely on hunches, since it isimpossible to predict with certaintywhether two people will like eachother or not.
Online Dating Online dating or Internet dating is a dating system which allows individuals, couples and groups to make contact and communicate with each other over the Internet, usually with the objective of developing a personal, romantic, or sexual relationship. Online dating services usually provide unmoderated matchmaking over the Internet, through the use of personal computers or cell phones.
Group datingGroup dating is a modernpattern for dating where agroup of single men and agroup of single womenorganise a night out, with thehope of forming romanticpartnerships. It is most popularin Japan, where it is known asgōkon. In other cultures, groupdating is becoming morepopular as a safe alternative tosingle dating (especially blinddating), also helping to easetension, because both partieswill feel more comfortablehaving the company of theirfriends.