Ever gone out with someone without knowing whether to consider it a date?A recent article in USA Today explores how common that situation is: many people are confused these days about when and if they are on a date, rather than just hanging out.
Before: "Hey, my friend [so-and-so] is in town that night, and s/he also wanted to get a drink, so I'm dragging him/her along.
You guys will get along great, s/he is really funny/cool/smart/whatever.
Let's say I just realized that the "hanging out" I'm going to do with a friend is actually a date, which is not what I want.
What are some strategies for dealing with this if I realize before the date? How can I avoid similar awkward situations in the future?
Some ambiguity is appropriate, initially, when two people are just getting to know each other.