Dating someone in the arts
Of course, life has a cute, charming way of making things unnecessarily complicated, so there are about one million different stages you can undergo within the "hooking up" and "dating" stages.
But overall, odds are you're doing something that falls under one of the two umbrellas.
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.
But, as you can see from these answers, people have some pretty different definitions as far as what that "getting to know you" period entails.
As far as I'm concerned, there are two types of pseudo-relationships you can be in that aren't real, bonafide relationships: You're either "hooking up" (casual booty calls, probably not going anywhere) or you're "dating" (going on dates, getting to know each other, hopefully going somewhere).
I would say my boyfriend and I were "dating" long before we were in a relationship.
While the term has several meanings, the most frequent usage refers to two people exploring whether they are romantically or sexually compatible by participating in dates with the other.
With the use of modern technology, people can date via telephone or computer or meet in person.
What are you agreeing to when someone asks if you want to "date" them?!