The dynamic definitely adds a layer of complexity to dating, particularly if you're not the settling type.
One 24-year-old woman I spoke to summed up Calgary's default dating culture as a fast track to the "relationship escalator" — the assumption that a full-scale relationship is the goal, and one you more-or-less reach after three or four dates with the same person.
That's all fine and good, unless you're looking for something else out of dating.
Many of the women I spoke with for this article were in no hurry to enter a relationship.
And yet, they also seemed to exude a cool confidence that, when they were ready, a long-term relationship would just be there.