While the term has several meanings, the most frequent usage refers to two people exploring whether they are romantically or sexually compatible by participating in dates with the other.
In modern times, emphasis on the institution of marriage, generally described as a male-female bond, has obscured pair bonds formed by same-sex and transsexual couples, and that many heterosexual couples also bond for life without offspring, or that often pairs that do have offspring separate.
Thus, the concept of marriage is changing widely in many countries.
However, we appreciate MSN introducing empirical analysis into their dating columns, and are glad to have found this one.
So, while we would never suggest solely relying on a computer to determine your dating decisions, it’s nice to be armed with the data – so bookmark this calculator and add it to your horoscope and name-compatibility checks (or whatever your personal ritual) for whenever your next relationship starts.
Dating may also involve two or more people who have already decided that they share romantic or sexual feelings toward each other.