In our modern culture dating usually leads to (deteriorates into) hooking-up; that is, the only valuable chemistry that the two persons find between each other is a sexual chemistry.
In contrast, true dating never leads to the objectification or usury of the other person for any reason, because the true purpose of it is to open up the doors to a quality friendship that may or may not lead to courtship.
In courtship, the two persons decide to commit to continue to date each other for the purpose of discerning whether God has called them into holy matrimony with each other.
During this process the couple moves beyond just enjoying social activities together to spending time alone, engaging in quality conversations about life goals, parenting philosophy, personal beliefs and values, experiences that have formed them, meeting each other’s parents and siblings (here the male may ask the permission of the girl’s father to court his daughter), and etcetera.
It is not rare to see a younger guy and an older woman date and have a very intense sexual and romantic relationship, which defies the traditional “older man, younger woman” set-up that we are used to seeing. First, the fact that such a dating situation is still somewhat taboo makes is all the more enticing and exciting.