The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.
The next step is to meet up, have lunch together, enjoy a coffee or an after-work drink and see if you click.
Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.
From the standpoint of anthropology and sociology, dating is linked with other institutions such as marriage and the family which have also been changing rapidly and which have been subject to many forces, including advances in technology and medicine.
With the use of modern technology, people can date via telephone or computer or meet in person.
This term may also refer to two or more people who have already decided they share romantic or sexual feelings toward each other.