‘Hooking Up’ vs. ‘Dating’ vs. ‘Talking’: Why Shit Sucks Now

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If you were to ask me to give two other synonyms associated with dating in today’s world, I’d probably say alcohol and Netflix.

Okay, maybe there is more to dating then just that, but those are definitely some key factors. I mean, it’s important to enjoy the same kind of alcohol, or drinking together, or drinking in general. Also, Netflix is a huge part of hanging out now. What if he’s really into an awful television series and forces you to watch it whenever you two are at his place? F*** outta here.

But lately the word dating has taken on a whole new meaning. Urban Dictionary defines dating as, “Of a couple, to be in the early stages of a relationship where they go on dates to find out what each other is like, as a prelude to actually being a full fledged couple.” Wait, I thought this was called talking or hooking up.

It used to be that guys would ask a girl out, then they’d date, then enter a relationship, then get married or break-up.

But the tables are all over the place now. And shit got really f***ed up within the past couple of years.

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Now, guys meet a girl on a dating app or out at a bar, then either take her home that night or set up a dinner date slash Netflix night, maybe text her the next day, add her on Facebook or Instagram, either turn her into a hook-up buddy or ditch her, or possibly do a day activity and want to date her.

There are about a hundred million directions and steps now. It can go in whichever way and there are absolutely zero maps or locals to ask for directions from.

Things used to be simple. You liked him. He liked you. You two would start to date. But now you like him. He says he likes you, but he’s not ready for a relationship. You try to be cool and agree. You two only hang out at night. Feelings get hurt. You blast a Taylor Swift song.

Hooking up or talking is now the equivalent of dating. And dating has been replaced by the word relationship. I know, it’s easier to keep up with the Kardashians than learn the lingo of being with someone, but the world of dating is evolving and with it has come new connotations. It’s just up to us to keep track.

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