Question for Muslims: is kissing, hugging, and cuddling before marriage considered sinful in Islam?

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I'm a Muslim and I'm aware that sex before marriage is a sin and so is masturbation. What I keep on wondering is if physical affection is sinful too. Is dating even allowed in Islam? I can't imagine myself being in a relationship with a guy without kissing him or hugging him, more so, I can't imagine myself marrying someone who I've never dated or kissed, hugged, and cuddled.
Excuse, my ignorance. Throughout my life I haven't been taught enough about the Islamic religion. What's your opinion on this?
Question for Muslims: is kissing, hugging, and cuddling before marriage considered sinful in Islam?
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