I'm curious as to see if type has any correlation to how one sees dating, or just personal ways of looking at it.
I'm a female. As such, I've been hit on a few times in my life. I don't get it. I really don't. I cannot understand why you would approach someone with intention of getting into a romantic relationship with them. Anyone I've 'dated' always happens by accident, and I would never consider dating someone who wasn't a friend first. I feel like it's not something you can force, but develops naturally. I've only had two relationships in my life reach this point, the first was an immature high school sweetheart relationship that lasted 3 years and the second is just beginning to blossom.
It does sadden me when I get approached not as a fellow human, but as a female. I'm very defensive when someone starts a conversation because I honestly cannot distinguish friendliness from a come on. I hope I don't come across as conceited. I don't mean to make it sound like guys are falling all over me, but it does happen and I don't like it especially when I'm blind to it. I can't appreciate that sort of ulterior motive when making a new acquaintance. The only reason for the defense is due to a few bad experiences and really is just a personal response.
Also, I'm trying to even define what it means to date someone and if there is a difference between dating someone and a very good friend. The lines are fuzzy. I know it's really up to the people involved.
So, what does dating mean to you? How does a boy/girlfriend compare to a good friend? Do you prefer to date someone you just met or have known for a while? Any other thoughts on the subject?