Are we Just “Hanging Out” or Dating?

It’s funny how sometimes your friendship with your male friend can slowly morph into a romantic relationship without you even recognizing it. For women who are close friends with guys, it can be difficult to know when the friendship begins to develop into something more. A lot of relationships begin as a friendships so it’s important to know when you’re romantically involved instead of just hanging out with each other. To define the relationship, there are a few signs to look for when it comes to determining if there are romantic feelings involved on both ends.

He texts you when he wakes up

Friends often become romantically involved once they begin to communicate on a daily basis. From late-night text messages to phone calls that you receive first thing in the morning, you’re likely dating your friend when he can’t go a few hours without talking to you. According to a study conducted by an online gaming website, the average male only listens to a woman talk for six minutes. However, if your friend spends hours on the phone with you, it’s a clear sign that you’re now dating.

He takes care of you when you’re sick

Although men aren’t prone to being nurturing, your male friend may come over to take care of you when you have a sudden case of the sniffles. According to, researchers have found that men are more sympathetic when their girlfriend has a cold, making them likely to make you chicken noodle soup when you’re feeling under the weather.

He pays for dinner when you go out

If you become used to your friend paying for dinner each time you go out, then you can consider it more than a friendship. Men that are not interested in a woman romantically will make it a point to split the bill to keep the lines clear.

He compliments how you look

The man that you’re spending time with won’t hide the fact that he’s attracted to you and will go as far as to compliment how you look each time he picks you up. He may say he loves your hair, outfit, or your makeup after you get ready each time.

If your male friend is exhibiting these signs congratulations, you are in a relationship.

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