"Dating" was a ritual, popular in the pre-pandemic era, in which two unattached humans would meet up in a public place to gauge whether the other was a worthy romantic and/or sexual partner. Sometimes, these meetings culminated in fornication. Occasionally they would even lead to romance. But most frequently, they ended in disappointment for one or both parties involved. It's a flawed system but, folks, it's the only one we've got. At least it leads to some pretty funny stories!