If you say you are dating, you definitely like the person but haven't decided on the sustainability of the relationship.
To take it a step further, people will also say dating exclusively.
(seeing each other)You reach down and splash water over your body as you take a few more steps deeper in. Ya know if you were to Take the word "Date" for its actual definition we wouldn't be pondering it.(dating)Finally, you submerse yourself, moving slowly as you try to adjust to the water temperature. I regard a "Date' as a pre determined situation or moment.You are still cold and consider turning back and getting your towel. Picking up someone in a bar is a Pick up not a date...... I'll call you at 8pm Motlygrl....thats a phone "date" its a commitment to a Moment not a life. JUst found far to many people have far too many differences of opinions but I have a better idea of the general concenus!! I would like to take the question one step further. If people think nowadays that DATING is just to go out and have some laughs, then what the heck is that? Personally I came to the conclusion that its an age thing...depends on how old you are.Plentyoffish dating forums are a place to meet singles and get dating advice or share dating experiences etc.Hopefully you will all have fun meeting singles and try out this online dating thing... This one you may get a bunch of different answers on, but here's my take.
Remember that we are the largest free online dating service, so you will never have to pay a dime to meet your soulmate. While dating might mean anything from a first meeting to being exclusive (your girlfriend/boyfriend) it is usually meant as the beginning of the process.
There seems to be several different idea about the terms seeing someone vs dating someone. Seeing someone, as in "I've been seeing someone for a while now" could cover the same ground, but usually means the end of the process, as in boyfriend/girlfriend, or you would like them to be. " doesn't usually mean have you been on a date, but means someone you have been on several dates with and perhaps might be getting serious about.
I don't think there is a clear-cut answer as everyone will interpret the terms differently.
For the most part they are probably interchangeable.
I do get the sense that dating is a step up from seeing someone.
If you say you are seeing someone there could be uncertainty about how you feel about the person -- you are still getting to know them.