Not dating, not searching, not dating or not being in the dating market means that someone is not married, living with a partner or is in a committed romantic relationship and has indicated that they are not currently looking for a relationship or dates. It can be difficult to answer the question “Was it a date?” in our modern times. To help you figure out if it was a date or just hanging out, here are thirteen ways to find out. The main factor to consider when determining if it was a date is the intention behind why you meet.
If someone wants to hang out, then they're likely not interested in you romantically. On the other hand, if there is flirting present, then it's likely a date. Dating can mean anything from being in a serious and committed relationship to simply going on a handful of dates over a set period of time. Meanwhile, hanging out is often used as a euphemism for hooking up.
According to dating and relationship expert Cora Boyd, the biggest difference between dating and hanging out is the intention, or lack of it, to explore your potential.