Dating is a quick way to build up romantic relationship with another Sim.
The controllable Sim will be able to use the "Ask About Mood" interaction to determine which motive his or her date wants to fulfill at that moment.
There is no timer or scoring, but if things go badly, the date may autonomously decide to leave.
At least in Old Town, the player can also end the date by having the controllable Sim say goodbye.
Players would often use this as a way of letting Sims go to Old Town by themselves, so that something such as going to sell vegetables or buy pet treats wouldn't have to be a family excursion.
The Sims will get of additional time for reaching Good Date, for Great Date, and for Dream Date, but nothing more thereafter.