Going on dates is an important part of getting to know someone and deciding if you want to pursue a relationship. But how many dates should you go on before becoming exclusive? According to a Google consumer study conducted by Mic, it takes an average of six dates to become exclusive and nine to call each other a couple. The actual number of dates you attend is less relevant than the total amount of time you've spent together. The Knot Jewelry and Engagement Study found that 71 percent of those surveyed said they had dated for more than two years before getting engaged.
Date coach Candice Mostisser from NYC Wingwoman LLC suggests that it's not always worth asking how many dates you should have before each stage of a relationship. Instead, focus on how you feel when you're together and if the person is a good match for you. When it comes to commitment, Kayak found that nearly 60 percent of all adults would travel with someone they've dated for six months or less. About 29 percent of the women surveyed said they hadn't paid on a first date, nor would they consider it. To sum up, there's no set number of dates that will guarantee exclusivity or commitment.
It's important to take your time and get to know each other before making any decisions.