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What Is Casual Dating?


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An interaction between two people who are looking to get to know one another better, without commitments or promises. Either or both parties can be casually dating other people.

Casual dating differs from friends with benefits, in that friends with benefits engage in sexual activity together with no commitments to one another other, whereas casual dating may or may not involve sex, but its primary purpose is to determine what kind, if any, relationship will blossom.

Have you had a casual dating relationship? What was it like, and did you enjoy it? What do you think casual dating means in today's society? Share your thoughts and experiences: Casual Dating Stories.


"I met this guy about 5 months ago and we agreed that we were both not ready for a relationship (him just getting out of a serious relationship and me not ready for one at all), so we began casually dating. We have since both admitted to having feelings for each other and have thought that there might be something else between us other than just casual sex." ~ from a reader question: Can Casual Sex Become a Relationship?

Readers Respond: Readers Share the Positives and Negatives of Casual Dating

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