Happy new year, everyone!
It occurred to me recently (and earlier) that one of the (many) big problems in dating is that no one knows what dating is anymore. No one knows what it means.
Dating used to mean a man and a woman going out to a restaurant or some other activity to get to know each other and to foster romance. Now it means…whatever the person thinks it means.
In Christian circles, dating can mean anything from formal courting to hook-ups (and hook-ups can mean anything from kissing to sex). In non-Christian circles, some people think it’s not dating unless sex is involved, and anything else is being “Just Friends.” With no clearly defined meaning of dating, it’s no wonder that everyone is confused. If you see a guy and a girl spending a lot of one-on-one time together, I could think they’re dating but someone else could think they’re just friends. If someone asked YOU if you were dating someone, you could answer one way, and the other person could get a completely different idea of what you mean, all because the two of you are coming from completely different points of view as to what dating actually is.
How are we supposed to have any meaningful dialogue about dating when no one knows or can agree on what it means? Meanwhile, those of us who are still trying to date just get more and more confused….