Although dating someone can lead to a relationship with that person, dating is not the same as being in a relationship.Relationship is basically a bond or connection between two people.It is when they spend time together and start to get to know each other that commitment begins to grow.
When two people are dating, there is usually no commitment.At the same time, looking back, I wonder if I would have saved myself some of the anguish I experienced if I had put more thought into what was really important to me and what qualities I was looking for in a relationship.A few years later, I was ready to date for marriage.The are usually much more focused, ready to commit, and are interested in building a life with another person.I have experienced both and in my experience, the approach and process to accomplishing each of the above goals have been different.When I was in college, in my late teens and early 20’s, I wanted to be in a relationship. (You can read more about that experience here.) I didn’t just want it, in fact, I was quite determined to have a boyfriend and be in a longer-term committed relationship (not marriage, necessarily, but I was open to the idea of the relationship leading to that.) My approach to getting what I wanted (i.e. I met a guy I liked, thought he was cute, liked that he was great at sports, and thought he seemed sweet.