Hooking up usually constitutes going straight to the bedroom or living room (whichever you prefer) without dinner or drinks beforehand in a public place.
Hook-ups are usually initiated by flirty text messages, a facebook message or a DM (Yes, some men go fishing on Twitter and Instagram via direct message) and happen after the hours of 9 pm and may include sporadic sexting throughout the week.
And yet, many people don’t exactly know what casual dating means or what it even entails.
So in order to determine if casual dating is right for you, it’s time to formally define this kind of informal dating process and weigh the pros and cons of this type of casual connection. In the most basic sense, casual dating is when you enjoy spending time with someone and are looking to get to know him or her better, but you aren’t committed to this person in any way.
Great, as long as you know what you're getting into.
Additionally, while you may have a strong physical and emotional connection with this person and engage in “date-like” activities together, you’re free to date other people and pursue other options simultaneously.
In other words, casual dating implies that there’s no obligation or commitment between the two of you, and your relationship with one another is light and informal with no strings attached. Casual dating can work well for many people, and there are numerous reasons as to why it can be the right choice for you.
I think people (usually men) get freaked out when they hear the word “dating” and automatically think “dating” means you are in a monogamous relationship. Yes…if you only go on one date it is not considered dating.
But if you’ve gone on multiple dates (three to be safe) with a person, then you two are dating. A date doesn’t begin with going over to a guy’s house to borrow a hammer after 9pm and end up banging it out for an hour.