Figuring out whether I believe I can spend the rest of my life with this person or not.
A period of time in which you get to know the person and decide if you want to pursue a relationship.
The process has gone through a paradigm shift subsequent to the advent of Internet. 'Dating' as what it used to be is outdated and is a shocking experience these days for most. So Dating now is like flirting on the internet and getting to know pple.. and meet only those who we gel with.