Dating in Turkey requires special attention, and if you have never learnt anything about local traditions, it can surprise you with multiple things.
Dating culture depends on the region
And even more so, on the size of the place. Bigger cities like Istanbul or tourist resort cities are much more relaxed in terms of dating and relationships. Constant contact with european culture made people in big cities adopt the attitude as well, so dating is no longer a big deal. People enjoy seeing each other for a cup of coffee just like in any other country. Men court their girlfriends while the ladies allow a little flirtatious behaviour.
But the more you go rural, the stricter dating traditions become. In fact, in distant towns and villages in Turkey dating is never a thing and relationships can only lead to marriage. Moreover, arrange marriages are still a thing in the XXI century Turkey. That means that parents choose a partner for their child and leave no choice rather than to get married. For a western person this is unbelievable, but for people from smaller turkish towns this is just their regular way of life.
The more you go rural, the stricter dating traditions become.
Turkish people are jealous
This especially regards turkish men, but local ladies can be extremely jealous too. Of course, you are meant to be the one for your partner, so if you agree to date a person from Turkey, you should be exclusive for each other. Even if you used to have friends of the opposite sex before you got into relationships, you probably won’t be able to meet as easily as before. Sometimes even if you are just being friendly to your co-worker your partner can be displeased.
Being jealous is just another form of showing affection which turkish men and women use. Such strong emotions are just indicators of the fact that you love your partner, so turkish people even think it is suspicious if you never show any jealousy.