I think people (usually men) get freaked out when they hear the word “dating” and automatically think “dating” means you are in a monogamous relationship. Yes…if you only go on one date it is not considered dating.
But if you’ve gone on multiple dates (three to be safe) with a person, then you two are dating. A date doesn’t begin with going over to a guy’s house to borrow a hammer after 9pm and end up banging it out for an hour.
A date consists of two people making plans to go out to a public place over dinner or drinks with the intent to get to know one another better (not just to get laid). Hook-up + Text + another Hook-up = Hooking-up You meet a guy at a bar, flirting happens, you share a kiss, you go back to his house and you hook up.
Now whether or not you have sex is your business…either way it’s still a hook up.
Hooking up usually constitutes going straight to the bedroom or living room (whichever you prefer) without dinner or drinks beforehand in a public place.