Here's the rule on that "talking" just means your talking to the person, you like each other but your not with them yet, so technically you could still see other people until its official. Dating someone is actual your boyfriend and girlfriend.
Talking with someone is the preliminary stage as you thought,when ur talking with someone that's ganna lead to dating.
What's the difference between "talking" and dating someone?
Is there really a difference at all? Is it the preliminary stage before you date or what?