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Really, really, REALLY gross movie, letting you know in case that bothers you.
Explain more about what "giving up on searching" means
Because you don't end up in a relationship, you have to actively go out with people to even come close to a relationship
At some point, you had to say "yes, we'll go out on a date" and then a few more until you were in a relationship
Even if you aren't putting yourself out there, making dating profiles, hanging out at bars, etc etc–you still have to try to some degree
not the OP but I've also thought about it. So, you either ask directly or it just happens after some time of dating, okay.
In my language we don't have a separate word for "being in a relationship" and "dating", in English it seems to mean completely different things.
So, you're dating when you're… doing what? How is it different than being in a relationship? Is the only difference not calling the person your partner?
So like, if I hang out with a boy, go to the movies, for dinners etc, I don't call him anything but I'm considering him romantically, is it dating? Or does the dating begin when you go a step further - touch, kiss, sleep together - without the official bf/gf label?
Dating and being in a relationship with someone can mean the same thing
It's contextual mostly
Dating can also mean that you are considering someone romantically and are going out on dates, but not officially in a relationship
You could be dating a couple people at the same time and not be in a relationship with any of them
I've always seen dating as being romantically interested in a person and actively spending time together to see if you're compatible enough for a relationship. The details of that can vary - for some people dating is just hanging out but with romantic intent, for others it also includes kissing / sex. Whereas, if I were to ask someone to be my boyfriend, it comes with added responsibility and expectations - the expectation that we try to incorporate each other into our lives (to meet family / close friends etc, show interests in their hobbies and participate as well), to be there for me emotionally and to be dedicated to developing our relationship into something that could
be for the long haul.