Dating is supposed to be exciting and engaging, but these days the romance and possibility of a date seem to be replaced with confusion.
Social media and texting has replaced interactions that used to be face-to-face.
We’ve become much more casual about how we communicate and even get to know new people. So much so that the word itself is often replaced with its ambiguous cousin “hanging out.” The time that men and women do get to spend together has become murkier and more uncertain.
You may have experienced it before: In comes that text message, “Hey, what are you up to? ” Or maybe your best friend has been spending more one-on-one time with a new guy, prompting you to ask her, “Are you guys dating? “Oh, no, we’re just hanging out right now.”Just hanging out? Just last year, a study released by revealed that almost 70 percent of single men and women are “at least somewhat confused about whether an outing with someone they’re interested in is a date or not.” Why all the confusion?
If you do ask, and he opts for “not a date,” then you can be pretty certain that yes, it is not a date.