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First Date Period (FDP): This is the "interview"/getting to know a person time. To me, this starts from the first time you say "Hello, my name is..." I might be meeting multple people at once, but it doesn't mean I am interested in a relationship with them, all my friends are sort of in this "category" to me (men and women). The type of things I'll do with people in FDP are like go to a movie, go dancing, drink, and play pool. It isn't intimate, it is more casual and friendly. If I am in FDP with a girl I am considering having a relationship with, I might make it a little romantic/intimate but the main focus of this time is to get to know a person so I can decide how I feel about them.
Romantic Dating Period (RDP): This is after the first date period so you know the person. This is the time I would like to become exclusive. I won't be in this period with more than 1 person at a time. While I might still be meeting people, but like I said FDP isn't romantic in any way really. For me, I like DRP to be exclusive just because this seems liek the first real emotional investment.