I can't see myself opening up to someone that I barely know by going on dates with them. I'd rather be friends first and then I feel comfortable knowing that they've already seen my quirks and accepted me anyway.
Most Helpful Guy
Most often I went straight for dating after acquaintance level. The girl typically wasn't a complete stranger but someone I didn't know well at all.
Unlike you, I actually felt the most natural this way. It felt strange to me always to take a girl who was a friend and try to elevate things to a sexual and physical level. There was always something that felt a little bit strange about it to me.
The one exception is my wife. She was my friend before we started dating. It also made our first date really awkward because I never tackled this type of situation before where I knew a girl so well already by the time we were dating. I had to actually jam an emergency stop button on an elevator and pull her for a kiss to seal the deal because the date was a total dud up until that point.
Once things heated up with her and we started seeing each other as "lovers" and not just "friends", subsequent dates with her felt a lot more natural to me.0THIS IS NOT RELEVANT ANYMORE
Most Helpful Girl
I would say more than a friendship because there's obviously more feelings there, however I think if I've put them in the friend zone thats where they will stay. I like to tell them my feelings if I want to end up dating in the near future.0THIS IS NOT RELEVANT ANYMORE