Most of you may know both terms, and we have addressed this on PI a couple years ago.
An online survey of 2,647 singles, ages 18-59, illustrates that level of ambiguity: 69% are at least somewhat confused about whether an outing with someone they're interested in is a date or not.
Unlike Japan, California is a true melting pot of cultures but since I had so little dating experience back home, I was nervous about getting into the dating scene in America.
Mostly because I had no idea how the American dating culture worked.
Clinical psychologist Sonya Rhodes, also of New York, says a date today "transcends this sort of 'hanging out culture.' ""A date shows some special interest in a special person.
A date takes it to a new level," says Rhodes, author of The Alpha Woman Meets Her Match, to be published in April.