We’ve all been there: you get asked out by that cutie you’ve been eyeing and after the initial excitement wears off the questions come flooding in. Lo Dolce tells us that “a date implies that there’s a future potential for a relationship, hanging out is merely for hooking up.” Examples of a date may be going out for drinks or coffee, being taken to dinner (regardless of who pays) or going out to see a movie, whereas a hangout is staying in to watch Netflix or hanging out late-night after a party or going to a bar. Don’t worry—Her Campus talked to expert Adam Lo Dolce, the founder of Sexy Confidence, a website dedicated to helping the 21st century woman create a love life she loves, about how you can distinguish between the two. Before being able to distinguish between a date and a hangout, you have to realize there is a distinct difference between the two.You think that the spark between the two of you is palpable, but at the same time you're not sure if you're on an actual date.
Turns out, singles know less and less about the type of date they're on (or if it's even a real date) as the dating pool gets bigger and bigger.
"I've come to this conclusion: If I ask you out, or if you ask me out, and it's just the two of us, and we're doing something at a set time (like grabbing dinner or brunch or heading to a movie or a museum), then it's a date.
I dread those in-betweener's (like 'drinks' and 'coffee') because they're not really dates to me."Josh, 28, agrees. Not all guys see dates the same way, which makes it more and more confusing to both parties involved.
Does dinner between two people who want to get to know each other even have a anymore?
He says that, in the past, he's dated girls who are just as confused.