Something I was just thinking about: Is there always a difference between "hanging out" and "dating"? I mean could you in theory being hanging out with someone, where you see it as hanging out and the other person sees it as dating? What really is the difference? Does proclamation of dating make the change, or is this an assumed thing? For the definition of dating, I mean just that, no sex, no real intimacy, but being in close proximity and maybe in some what private settings, getting to know one another, going out to places, like restaurants, DQ, maybe just hanging out each other's place or some other nuetral place. I guess my problem with this is the difference between society's look at "dating" and a more tradition look at dating. I' slightly more traditional, though in past relationships, they seem to progress rather quickly (into the intamacy and sex), than what would be accepted for "traditional dating". I kinda ask this, because there is this woman (surprised, right? hehe), that I had the hots for a while ago, well still do in a way, anyway, we were at Horton's last night, everyone else had left, and it was just us. I was hungry, so I decided to ask her if she wanted to get out of there and do something (go to eat), she accepted. I really didn't think much of it at the time, but while I was sitting there eating, the conversation was like we were trying to get to know one another, like you would on a date, favorite movies, who was in the picture on the wall, the normal joking around, etc. She knows I have or at least had the hots for her, I was even joking around about that last night. It was just odd, we made lots of eye contact, and has been doing moreso lately. So what really is the difference between dating and hanging out? Pre-planning? Proclamation of being a date? Something I'm forgetting? I know a few friends have also found themselves at the otherend of this question as well. Being told they were dating a certain person, even though they had just thought of it as hanging out. Discuss.