Difference between just friends and dating
I think one of the biggest distinctions is in cues, subtexts, signals...You know, a certain inflection of tone, or particular body language. When I'm dating, I have the romance and sex and I'm at least thinking about escalating things to the next level.Hanging out is the very beginning stages of some modern romances.It's the period where you two not just learn about each other but see how well you two mesh.
When we're dating, I expect you to show up to some things when you don't want to, but I want you to, because I'll do the same for you.And while there my be the occasional dirty joke among friends, it's more shit talking than leading/escalating acts. I'm in her corner for better or worse and she can count on me to do anything I can to help her.When I imagine my life, years down the road, her and her happiness are large factors in it. I have a female friend who seems to start everything off the same way.If a woman says she only wants to hang out and be friends, the she only wants to hang out as friends. Hanging out as friends means that you've ruled the person out as a life-long mate, but still enjoy their company. A friend of mine has a father who's like 65 or something and apparently the guy is still in a café every week with a guy he first met in primary school.You can hang out and be her friend, but don't try to manipulate her into catching feelings, because she is free to similarly manipulate you into stroking her ego. He once quipped that the four most important people in his life are said daughter, that guy, the dog, and his wife, in that order.