Courtney is the founder and president of Zeta Omega Eta, a feminist sorority dedicated to bringing like-minded women together to take on all the University of Michigan has to offer.
Sometimes life is simple and you’ll be asked, “Do you want to go on a date? While dates and hangouts can be different in activity, sometimes your budget doesn’t allow for extravagant dinners or a movie each weekend.This is where the ground between a date and a hangout can become unclear. You should know whether or not it's a romantic thing before you get there.You're on there for dating or hooking up, and although I've heard of a few cases where people end up making friends on there, you're almost certainly going on a date.A date doesn’t have to be extravagant to signify effort—asking to get coffee together may seem like just hanging out but it puts the emphasis on getting to know each other and fostering conversation, which is much more date oriented than a hangout.
Lo Dolce recommends asking the person who asked you straight up, “So are you asking me out on a date? It is the quickest way to relieve stress and to know where you two stand.
“For now, if I like a girl and I choose to spend the day or night with her I consider it a date.” In a case like Charlie’s, it doesn’t hurt to inquire about their motives and expectations to make sure you’re both on the same page.
Carly, a sophomore at the University of Michigan, believes in a situation like the one Charlie presented, it needs to be established as a date because she feels if it's left unclear, it’s considered just hanging out.
“My boyfriend and I have date nights sometimes but we hang out all the time. Sometimes the line between date and hangout is merely using the word “date.” Lo Dolce says that you’ll know you are just hanging out if the use the words “hang out,” they aren’t putting in much effort or they don’t show interest in seeing you during the day.
Those are signs that they aren’t looking for anything serious and are only in the market for something casual.
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