L, a friend I can only describe as having advanced degrees in the science of online dating, says, "My personal experience is that people don't worry about what is happening as much as they do how it is happening.
It might be sucky that you're not going to be free for the next week, but it is good that you responded to the text quickly.
Or is it healthy, even beneficial, to date multiple people at the same time in your quest to find a soul mate?
As long as you respect the feelings of the people you see and are truly looking for qualities that will lead to long-term love, it’s okay not to go steady with someone as of the first date.
My friend P (and no, her real name is not just a letter but if you're friends with P, then you're friends with me) put it best.