Generally speaking, "dating" describes a less serious level of commitment before either person is ready to describe the other as a girlfriend or boyfriend.
This is not a firm rule because the terms have no strict definition.
She theorized that once you've told someone you want to date them exclusively, you are committed to only them.
You've made a commitment to be faithful, to put energy in only that relationship.
After thinking about our talk, and what I have said, here are four differences between dating and getting married.♦◊♦Dating is a tryout for marriage.
Dating offers you the chance to explore and learn before you make the serious commitment of marriage.
But in general, the mid-to-late 20s shows a dating shift: We’re closer to finding “the one,” and anyone we take seriously will, for lack of a better word, be taken seriously.And this isn’t high school serious (“Wow, he gave me his class ring! ), or college serious (“I’m so sad we’ll be apart for winter break, but we have spring break to look forward to!”), but adult serious (“I’ve already met his siblings and we’re having a nice dinner together on Saturday night.”). When we find ourselves in this serious adult relationship, confusion may exist when we have that dreaded DTR, or “define the relationship” talk with our significant other.You can move in with someone and share different aspects of your life to test out what marriage would be like with that person. There are different legal aspects of marriage (such as bank accounts, taxes, will’s, etc.) that you can’t experience while dating.This can be good or bad—it depends on your specific situation.