Hanging out and dating difference
I've always had a really hard time making the distinction; I've seen/received advice to hang out with a woman I'm interested in as friends before dating, I've been told by women they don't want to date but want to hang out as friends, etc. Would we act differently, do different activities, etc?
I think romance and sex is obviously one distinction to make (other than friends with benefits, have literally no clue what the difference is between that and dating is? I hope this doesn't come across as weird/cringey, or even the right place to ask for that matter. Establish rapport before asking a woman out but don't befriend her to date her.
I think one of the biggest distinctions is in cues, subtexts, signals...
When we're dating, I expect you to show up to some things when you don't want to, but I want you to, because I'll do the same for you.
If a woman says she only wants to hang out and be friends, the she only wants to hang out as friends. Hanging out as friends means that you've ruled the person out as a life-long mate, but still enjoy their company. A friend of mine has a father who's like 65 or something and apparently the guy is still in a café every week with a guy he first met in primary school.