Kelly Gonsalves is a sex educator, relationship coach, and journalist. She received her journalism degree from Northwestern University, and her writings on sex, relationships, identity, and wellness have appeared at The Cut, Vice, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and elsewhere. Like many relationship labels people use these days, the term casual dating often gets thrown around a little So let's get the facts straight here for a second. What exactly does it mean to be casually dating someone? Casual dating is a type of relationship between people who go on dates and spend time together in an ongoing way without the expectation of entering into a long-term, committed relationship. Casually dating someone usually means you like them enough to want to hang out with them regularly but are either not ready for a serious relationship or just don't want one, whether that's in general or just with this person in particular. People might be casually dating each other exclusively, meaning they are not dating other people, though usually the term casual dating implies that it isn't exclusive.