Generally speaking, "dating" describes a less serious level of commitment before either person is ready to describe the other as a girlfriend or boyfriend.This is not a firm rule because the terms have no strict definition.
Others date to meet new people and enjoy themselves without getting entangled in anything serious. If you know exactly what you want, you might expect your partner to want the same thing.
But don't assume anything unless you have both agreed to it. Scott Thompson has been writing professionally since 1990, beginning with the "Pequawket Valley News." He is the author of nine published books on topics such as history, martial arts, poetry and fantasy fiction.