Dating vs hanging out
It is always possible—confusing but possible—that someone for real wants to be your friend. Here's how you know: Hanging out: If he makes plans on Friday for Friday, because ugh, planning, you know?Hanging out: If you go Dutch because obviously you're going to go Dutch, no discomfort, no uncertainty, no question, no stress, no panic, wallets out for everybody.Dating: If the person who does the asking pays and you feel momentarily weird about it.Or the person who does the asking doesn't pay—that can be a date too. The point is that it's a date if the check comes and nobody knows what to do about it.Hanging out: Two straws, two milk shakes.__Dating:__Two straws, one milk shake. Unless someone's in the bathroom—that's when you text your actual friends to tell them how it's going. More From How About We: Millennial Women, Rejoice: It's Our Hookup Culture, Too.Hanging out: He tells that story about the time he went home with this really hot girl but then she turned out to have a peace sign tattooed on her inner thigh and he just couldn't deal with that level of earnestness, but they totally hooked up anyway. So, a man calls a woman if she minds hanging out the same day.
Often, they cannot understand whether they are dating or hanging out.Usually, it’s a restaurant or café or some activity such as going to the theater, cinema, exhibition, etc. The aim of a date is to learn that person better, establish a connection, and see if you’d like to continue this.