Typically, the word dating is used when a guy and a girl develop both an intimate physical and social relationship together.
It should be taken as seriously as any other major decision in life - with prayer, careful investigation, and family involvement.
People may think theyre 'compatible' cos theyre having a great bedroom life, but once the fun has gone they may realise there are many aspects they are not compatible in and hence the relationship fails.
The reason why small things such as holding hands are prohibited is because inevitibly this will lead you to other things, nobody can doubt that.
Please know what I am going to say to you I say only because I love Islam and I care so very much about the future safety, happiness, and success in the lives of all of you although we may have never met.
From what I have been reading, from what parents have been telling me, and from what has been confirmed in discussions with many young Muslim brothers and sisters from countries all across the world it has become clear that more and more young Muslims are not following the guidelines for relationships between boys and girls so clearly set out in Islam.