Meeting more people in "group relationships" in this era. The difference between them seems to be smaller than here (Germany), thus making a question like yours possible (I was actually confused upon first reading). I am currently in a committed relationship for over a year now, but am also basing this off of my parents' experience as well.
Dating and "being in a relationship" are both about getting to know the person.
Relationships are developed through constant communication and being with a particular individual.
Although there are some relationships that involve some feelings to be felt between the two individuals, this is not necessarily a criterion for a relationship to occur.
I feel like it needed to be said because people stop "dating" after they begin a relationship. I'd say dating is about finding out if you are compatible with each other.
When you are casually dating, you are focused on the "here and now." You're learning about the other person's personality, whether you are having fun, what you are doing together, and whether you want to see this person again in the nearby future.When you get comfortable is when you truly fall in love.Edit: May not have been the answer you were looking for but meh.But it all depends on intention: does either person want to be "exclusive" or "committed"? Two people causally dating are most likely not ready to handle problems and arguments in a way that can strengthen their bond, although if they can it may help them realize how strong they are together. It's the rare chance to open up and be with each other in a way that is relatively stress-free and enjoyable, without any strings attached.If only one person wants a commitment, then in all likelihood somebody will end things - either because someone wants somebody who will commit, or someone wants to avoid the commitment. Relationships grow with time, and with time require a renewed sense of commitment, love, trust, and intimacy, or they can wither and die.