But when she met her she claims she 'totally got it' and saw how it 'brought out a totally different side' of her husband.
It is a form of courtship, consisting of social activities done by the couple, either alone or with others.
The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.
A married woman who has admitted to being in relationships with five different men at once - just one of whom is her husband - claims that the other men in her life have actually helped to strengthen her marriage.
Writing under the pseudonym of Lisa, the 34-year-old said she has been in a relationship with her husband for half of her life, but claims having other partners has improved rather than hindered their partnership.
Polyamory helps me do that without putting all my needs on my husband.'She said they first brought up the subject after moving in together aged 18 when they came across the question 'how do you feel about monogamy?
' in a magazine survey and they both selected the answer 'it's an unrealistic expectation.'She said smartphones have been a 'huge blessing' to people in more than one relationship: 'It's so much easier to make people feel like they're part of your day by sending a quick hello text or a picture of something that reminded you of them that helps keep them close to you even as you have a separate life.' Lisa said both her and her husband had many dependency issues at the start of their relationship and having multiple partners has highlighted that they need to be independent.
These species-particular behavior patterns provide a context for aspects of human reproduction, including dating.
However, one particularity of the human species is that pair bonds are often formed without necessarily having the intention of reproduction.
This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement.
Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.
Generally, during much of recorded history of humans in civilization, and into the Middle Ages in Europe, weddings were seen as business arrangements between families, while romance was something that happened outside of marriage discreetly, such as covert meetings.