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The Different Types of Dating

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It seems almost as if there is nothing more complicated than the world of dating. No one will disagree that things have changed so much. Do you know that there are all kinds of dating?

There is casual, blind, serious, online, long-distance, speed, double, gay, lesbian cougar, senior, unicorn and poly dating.

You might be surprised by all the different terminology used to describe dating but we will talk about them all. Especially unicorn dating if you are not sure what that is.

The most important thing to realize is that you should always seek out the best type of arrangement for you.


This is your dating life, and no one has the right to inject anything into it. Go out there and make yourself happy by finding the person of your dreams.

Casual dating

Casual dating is precisely what it sounds like.

You are not tied down to the person. You might be casually dating several people at the same time.

Do people have sex while casually dating?

It’s up to both parties if there will be sex involved. Some people will feel more comfortable keeping sex out of the relationship until it becomes more serious.

Casual dating is often referred to as no strings attached dating. If nothing comes out of the dates, then it’s no big deal.

No one is under pressure to commit, and often this form of dating doesn’t result in a relationship or marriage.

Many younger people have relationships with people that are purely sexual. They are not dating they just have sex with each other.

Blind dating

Blind dating is when you go out on a date with someone who you’ve never seen before. Usually, blind dates are set up between friends, family members, or coworkers.

Rarely are they online, since technically you have to talk to the person first to set up a date. The whole point of a blind date is that it’s someone who you don’t know at all.

You’ve never met the person, and that’s what makes blind dates so exciting.


Sometimes blind dates end up being hilariously awkward, and that’s to be expected when you’re going out on a date with a stranger.

I have been on two blind dates and both went well so you should give it a try if the chance comes up.

Serious dating

You know when things are getting serious when the butterflies leave your stomach. Looking at the other person like they’re a well-worn pair of jeans.

When you are with them you can envision yourself spending the rest of your life with the person.

You feel as if you can’t live without the person you’re dating. It won’t be long until you’re thinking about getting married.

You know things are getting serious when you spend more time together than apart. The time you spend together becomes increasingly more, and the time away is becoming less and less.

It won’t be long until the two of you are waking up in the same bed and seeing what each looks like with messy hair.

Online dating

As many of you reading this know, online dating is by far the most popular way of finding someone to date.

It wasn’t long ago that people used to meet the old-fashioned way.

You know, standing in the produce aisle thumping watermelon and squeezing tomatoes while hoping someone would come by that made your heart skip a beat.

Those days are long gone, and everyone turns to the internet to find someone special.

The internet has changed dating forever, and the majority of married people will soon say their relationship began at a dating site.

There is no longer a stigma placed on those who look for love online.

It is common to date people you meet on the internet, and it will become even more so as time goes on.

Long-distance dating

The term long-distance here is in reference to the amount of space between you and the other person.

You might be dating someone in another city or even a different country.

There is no distance used to determine what is considered long distance.

Some might think that dating someone an hour drive away is long distance, while for others, dating someone in another country defines long-distance.

Many people believe that long-distance relationships will work for them in the beginning only to find out that they are far too challenging to maintain.

Anyone who is planning on beginning a long-term relationship should consider the amount of effort required to make it work.

Not only will you have to put in a lot of effort, but the distance will take an emotional toll on you as well.

Speed dating

Speed dating has waned a bit in popularity over the years, but it’s still around.

What is speed dating? It is where you go to an event, and you talk with many different people. You might talk to dozens of people over a few hours.

You go from person to person and when you hear a signal you move on to the next person.

It’s a great way to date for those who are into seeing people face to face. You aren’t given enough time to really get to know the person as you’re only given a few minutes to converse.

Anyone single who doesn’t like online dating should give speed dating a try. It’s a fun way to meet new people, and you’ll have a good time.

Don’t be shy if you see someone who interests you, try your best to make a connection and see if they’re up for a second date.

Double dating

Double dating is where you and a friend go out on a date with two other people. If you’re a guy, then you and your guy friend would take two women out on a date.

Some people, mainly women, feel more at ease double dating. Why? Some women are suspicious of strangers and can be fearful of their safety.

They say there’s safety in numbers, and that’s one of the logics behind double dating.

It’s also can be more fun to go out on a double date depending on what types of activities are planned.

Miniature golf, for example, might be more fun played if two teams are playing against each other.

Gay dating

Gay dating is where two men go out on a date together. These aren’t guys who go out to a sports bar to enjoy watching the big game.

The hope here is that something more will blossom, and a relationship will eventually form.

Though, sometimes two guys want to date casually and hook up.

Most dating sites these days have a section for gay men. You should also be aware that some dating sites specialize in connecting gay men.

The big dating sites are still the most common for gay men, and they provide a plethora of options for guys who are seeking some male companionship.

Lesbian dating

Lesbian dating is where two women search for and find someone to date. Almost all of the reputable dating sites have sections for women seeking women.

There is also a handful of dating sites geared towards lesbians.

Most lesbians will find that the most popular dating sites work best for them since there will be more singles at those sites.

The sites spend quite a bit of money on advertising to singles, and it pays off in the form of more people joining.

Any lesbian out there shouldn’t have any problems finding someone to go out on a date within today’s world of internet dating.

Bisexual dating

Bisexual dating is exactly what it sounds like. You will be dating someone who is bisexual.

Why would anyone want to date someone who is bisexual? Someone who is bisexual understands what it feels like to be attracted to both sexes.

Sometimes it’s best to date someone who understands your desire for the company of both a man and a woman.

Does that mean you’ll date both sexes at the same time? Well, that’s a decision that you and your date will have to determine.

If you’re at the casual dating phase, then you may date both sexes until settling down in a long-term relationship.

Cougar dating

Cougar dating has been growing in popularity over the years.

A cougar is a woman who tends to be more mature that likes to date younger men. The men are attracted to older women.

The relationships aren’t always based on sex, but they can be. The older/younger combination is appealing to many as it fills a void they have in their lives.

There are quite a few older women who crave the attention of a younger man.

It’s not too out of the ordinary today that these cougars would go out on the hunt for a younger guy to hook up with.

Cougars tend to be very forthcoming with what they want and will go to great lengths to get it.

Unicorn dating

A unicorn is a bisexual female who is drug and disease-free. These women are referred to as unicorns since they are so hard to come by.

Most of the people in search of a unicorn are those who are married. The unicorn either joins their relationship and plays a unique role in it or only is involved in threesomes.

Unicorns tend to busy professional women who don’t have the time to build up a solid relationship.

A unicorn seeks out the comfort of a stable relationship while trying her best to live out her sexual fantasies.

Poly dating

Poly dating is where you date many different people at the same time.

The main difference between poly dating and casual dating is poly dating rarely results in anything more serious.

Someone who is into poly dating is more than likely only seeking out sex. It’s not unheard of for a poly to want to go out on dates and nothing else.

Think of polys as people who are serial daters who never have any plans of settling down.

They are the people who always have someone different on their arm, and they’re perfectly fine with it.

Senior dating

Senior dating refers to those who are senior citizens.

It should come as no surprise that the older community is taking advantage of online dating. They, too, are hooking up at an ever-increasing rate.

Senior dating refers to both parties being a senior citizen.

There can be a little leeway in the case of someone dating a person a few years younger than them who aren’t considered a senior citizen.

But, for the most part, it’s all about people 65 and over dating in an attempt to find love.

Sugar daddy dating

Sugar daddy dating has been all over the news lately. A sugar daddy is a wealthy man who dates women who are referred to as sugar babies.

A sugar baby will receive money and all kinds of gifts from her sugar daddy when she dates him.

Sometimes sex is expected, and the sugar daddy will make it a condition of receiving any money.

Sugar daddies and sugar babies both agree to the terms of the relationship.

The surprising thing about this sort of dating is that both parties tend to be the most upfront and honest when it comes to what they expect out of the relationship.

Dating a friend

You’ve probably dated a friend or two in the past. You have people in your life that you talk to regularly.

Sometimes the person will catch your eye, and you’ll immediately feel differently towards them.

That’s what dating a friend is all about.

Do friendships turn into successful relationships? Sometimes friends have a way of turning into spouses, but other times it turns out bad.

If you value your friendship, then it might be best not to date the person. Dating a friend has a way of turning ugly once the relationship turns sour.

It’ll more than likely be the case that you will no longer have them as a friend if the two of you call it quits down the line.


These are just a handful of the types of dating that exist

There are no doubt dozens more types of dating that people encounter regularly. Go with the kind of dating that feels best for you.

Are you at the point in your life where you’re seeking a steady long-term relationship?

If so, don’t allow yourself to sway from the idea of getting what you want.

There is no good reason why you should ever settle for second best.

Enjoy the moment and find someone to share it with, that’s what dating is all about.

Do your best to make the most out of every day with a person who you enjoy the company of.

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