Hanging out and dating difference
The difference between "hanging out" and dating is the level of commitment to the act and the ostensible connection it brings.
That is: it's not supposed to mean shit, but it can.
And if you're feeling it, make a move and see what happens.
If they reciprocate then keep the ball rolling as appropriate.
When we're hanging out as friends, I don't have plans to be more than friends. When we're hanging out as friends, I expect you to show up when you want to.
You can be friends, even have the best sex of your life with them.
Or, she will just make friends and get to know them in a similar way.
What I learned from that was that I don't think you can ever 100% tell unless someone tells you lol.
And while there my be the occasional dirty joke among friends, it's more shit talking than leading/escalating acts. I'm in her corner for better or worse and she can count on me to do anything I can to help her.
When I imagine my life, years down the road, her and her happiness are large factors in it. I have a female friend who seems to start everything off the same way.
She's told me stories about how she has gotten to know her boyfriends, the stuff they have done together before confessing interest, and it's identical to the stuff she did to get to know me but she has stated she isn't interested in me romantically.