I do not see how one can really find a meaningful relationship via dating when dating for many is simply a means to sex. It is not about forming an connection or getting to know someone outside the bedroom. It is very heavily based on whether someone is the right race, from right side of town etc. There is nothing meaningful about lust which does not take any effort one ones part. But forming a friendship with someone to see if you actually like them as a person and not a means for fufilling your sexual or romantic fantasies for me is ideal.