Ultimately, what matters is that you personally feel ready and confident to make this decision.
There are other types of relationships that might not be considered dating that are just as real and valid.
You should be able to communicate your feelings without being afraid of negative consequences or abuse.
Remember the rules for a healthy relationship apply to hook-ups, too.
“Dating” means different things to different people, particularly across generations.
At loveisrespect, we define “dating” as two (or possibly more than two! The relationship may be sexual, but it doesn’t have to be.
It may be serious or casual, straight or gay, committed or open, short-term or long-term.
We use the gender-neutral term “partners” to refer to people in an intimate relationship, but you might use a different word (and that’s okay)!
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