My boyfriend and I didn't necessarily hook up the first time we met but we were definitely hooking up for a long time before we decided that we were officially dating. In fact, I'd say there was about three months of ambiguous undefined "Wtf is this" territory before we even discussed becoming exclusive. And I don't think our story is unique either. In this day and age, lots of relationships start off as hookups. Wondering how it's done?
Are you okay with that? If so, proceed to Step 2. Forget about your partner for a second. Is it security that you crave?
People often associate the term "casual dating" with having a one-night stand when, in fact, the casual dating definition is: "any relationship where a couple is not exclusively dating each other. While this can extend to casual sex, it's more about the seriousness of the relationship than whether the parties are engaging in sexual intercourse. When a couple is casually dating, this means that they aren't bound to each other in any way. They're both still allowed to see other people, and they certainly aren't discussing marriage or children.