Dating is a quick way to build up romantic relationship with another Sim.
Pleasure and Romance Sims enjoy dating and usually want to have one.
One Sim can ask another to go Downtown, either in person or over the telephone.
A Sim who is already Downtown can approach another Sim and say "Let's Date" or "Let's Hang Out".
This feature is the main theme of The Sims: Hot Date and The Sims 2: Nightlife.
It was also reintroduced to The Sims 3 via Patch 22 and the Generations expansion pack, and was included in The Sims 4 base game.
It displays the date score, the partner's thumbnail, and the partner's aspiration symbol.
Clicking the partner's aspiration symbol will expand or collapse a display that shows his or her Wants and Fears.
One Sim can ask another to go to Vacation Island or Old Town.
The date cannot be invited home, and the player can end the date by sending the controllable Sim back home.
Teens can only ask other teens on a date, while young adults, adults, and elders can ask any of the three ages on a date.
A date partner will have a small blue Plumb Bob above his/her head.