technically speaking, it's the same.
but i suggest that having a celibate mind set includes more than just 'not touching'.
it is being dedicated to something other than finding a spouse.
(in our case, as Christians, we are dedicated to God.)
so our aim is to please God, study well / work well / do voluntary work well (delete as applicable) and, if we meet someone special, we can become good friends with that person, but will not immediately try to spend lots of time with her / him alone.
it excludes signing up for dating websites, including Christian ones! (my close friend has been seriously hurt and wasted a lot of months on this)
it means we positively enjoy singleness, and while we are able to notice other single people, we don't immediately run through our marriage / dating checklist in our heads as soon as they pop up on our radar.
i'll give an example of another friend. she was always getting suggestions of husbands from friends and relatives (as this is her culture), but she was not ready, so ignored them and carried on working, meeting with her friends, going to church etc.
when another suggestion came up, she contacted the guy and said, 'ok, we will meet for coffee, but just as friends'. he readily agreed, as he was living in a similar way, and also did not accept peer pressure to get married. they became friends, then later realised the relationship was progressing. they got married this week.
so being celibate, u can meet with someone of the opposite sex, but it gives u a more chilled out mindset, accepting of God's timing.
may we all accept God's timing more in our lives!