Dating can be used to describe exclusive and nonexclusive relationships, both short-term and long-term.
And now, thanks to mobile apps, dating can involve a succession of rendezvous over drinks to check out a dizzying parade of “matches” made with the swipe of a finger.
For an activity undertaken over such a long period of time, dating is remarkably difficult to characterize.
The term has outlasted more than a century’s worth of evolving courtship rituals, and we still don’t know what it means.
Online dating (or Internet dating) is a system that enables strangers to find and introduce themselves to new personal connections over the Internet, usually with the goal of developing personal, romantic, or sexual relationships.
Thus, 1587 is the post quem dating of Shakespeare's play Henry V.
That means that the play was without fail written after (in Latin, post) 1587.
The same inductive mechanism is applied in archaeology, geology and paleontology, by many ways.
The purpose of dating is not much clearer than its definition.
Before the early 1900s, when people started “dating,” they “called.” That is, men called on women, and everyone more or less agreed on the point of the visit.