I never quite understood it. Where I live (Argentina), when you date a girl, you are just with that one girl. Else you're an a-hole. Now, as far as I know you can date a few without compromising in the US until you decided to be with one. Is that so, or is this a general misconception about the dating system in the US?
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Okay, what I think you mean is "circular dating", that is when you are single. Here is an example. Lisa is single, she gets asked by Bob to go to a movie, she accepts. Another guy, George, asks to go to dinner, and Fred asks to get coffee. She accepts them as well. Since she is single, she is not cheating, she is simply seeing who she gets along with best, who she clicks with, and who she could see herself with. Say, Bob is rude on their date and looks at other woman without being subtle IN FRONT OF HER. George interrupts her constantly and only wants to whine about his life. Fred and her get along perfectly. So then her and Fred go on some more dates, and let's say she gives George another chance on the off chance that he was having a bad day. All of Fred's dates go well, while George's are still awful. Finally, her and Fred decide to be a couple. Now, Lisa will ONLY date Fred, because they went exclusive.
Now, if you are already exclusive, and you are an announced couple or have an agreement to not date other people and one of the partners in the relationship goes and dates other people, then it is cheating. That is not acceptable.
There are also open relationships, where the couple is okay with the partner dating other people while being with them. I think those are a little weird.6
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