If the point of dating is to agree to meet someone socially to possible effect a closer bond, then it would seem that dating that continues for a long-term period would be what is or should be desired. Simply stated, long-term dating refers to the same two people going on dates for a prolonged period – from several months to one year and longer.
When two individuals have been exclusively going on dates for at least several months up to a year, they clearly have embarked on, or are into something that has gone on for a period that can be described as long-term. That’s because over that period of time, the individuals would likely know the important aspects of each other’s characters.
Another way to think about it is, if you started a job and developed a mutual friendship with a colleague, then you both kept in regular contact away from work for several months to a year, then you likely would see that person as a mutual friend. You would have formed a closer bond with that person compared with other colleagues.
The situation is therefore similar with long-term dating. You would have learned more about your date’s personality over the months, about his or her likes and dislikes, and your date would therefore mean more to you than someone whom you dated for a short period.
The opportunity to know more about a person is the precise reason long-term dating is important. Remember, part of the definition of dating involves developing a closer bond with someone. Dating over a prolonged time is a definite way to possibly develop that closer bond, or, to decide against getting closer to the person.
Dating for the long-term enables you to know more about your date because you are spending more time together and are engaging in activities that will cause each of you to show aspects of your personality. This is important because if you don’t get to see and understand your date’s personality, you can’t make any determination about how suitable both of you may be for each other.
And while some individuals engage in dating simply for the fun of it or to avoid loneliness, dating at its core for most people, is really about meeting and getting to know someone with whom you can possibly share a life together.
To fulfill that prospect of possibly finding a life partner, it is important that adequate time be spent dating someone to get to know them. That being said, it isn’t impossible to meet the objective of finding a possible mate by engaging in short-term dating. The likelihood of that happening is just reduced. And if it happens, you likely will face greater odds of finding out unfavorable things about your date, and your future mate’s, personality and character at an inopportune time.
So how does long-term dating develop or happen? The most obvious way is that it is planned. You and your date will keep making appointments for dates as time goes by until it stretches over several months. That scenario can be both positive and negative. In a positive light, hopefully it would indicate that you and your date have ‘clicked’ or ‘connected’ and that there is some attraction for each other.
But long-term dating can be negative when you continue to date despite lingering doubts and despite unresolved issues that may exist. If that occurs, there’s the possibility that even after a reasonably long time dating, it could fall apart and amount to nothing.
For long-term dating to work and be meaningful, serious attention must be given to more than just how long you have been dating someone. There has to be honesty and openness to confront any disagreeable issue that arises. Having honesty and openness while dating will ensure that you and your date truly get to know each other and will be able to determine if you are right for each as life partners.