People date for any number of reasons, but it is mainly a way to find someone who is compatible for a relationship. If dating does not go well, forming a bond with that person may be a bad idea. A lack of compatibility does not make either of the people bad, and it simply means those involved do not have the same outlook and values in life. This is a fundamental concept in dating that many people choose to ignore.
Dating a new person may be awkward at first, but the idea is to have fun together while getting to know each other. There are often feelings of being remote or detached during the first few dates. This is normal, and it is a way of observing while being in the moment. Failure to observe and learn about the other person means a good relationship cannot form. Over time, when dating is successful for two people, meeting friends and family is the next step in forming a long term relationship.