Getting to know someone and dating?

I notice many people will date after they become friends yada yada..however I also notice some people HAVE to be in a relationship..constantly (sort of a "I can not live unless I am with someone all the time" type thing)..which got me thinking..

So my question is..which is truly get to know someone before dating (which to me is sort of boring) date someone "right away" so that you are considered in a relationship all the time..(which I would find sort of scary) there are good and bad things to both..but which one is truly better..and why?
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Does shyness really play a part in this too?...
Getting to know someone and dating?
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