Is this dude interested in me? Why is he doing it? when a guy softly rubs a girl's back, does it mean anything?

I really suck at taking hints. I'm dense af so I'm asking everyone's opinion.

Note: We haven't known each other that long and we consider each other as friends but not the "friends friends" kind of thing. It's the getting to know each other type of friends.

So there's this guy who is very touchy. He can't seem to go on a day without initiating physical contact with me - it's the intentional kind of physical contact. Like pinching my arms and waist, tickling my lower back, pinching and touching my legs (sometimes slapping them). He also flirts with me but I just consider it as him joking and he said "love you" to me and I also consider it as him joking. He keeps on saying my name or including my name on a song he's singing or just singing my name.

Recently, he put his hand on my back (middle and lower back) and gently rubs it- the sensual up and down kind of rubbing.

Also, is it weird if we talk about our view points in marriage, dating, children, and family- what we prefer and how we handle things.

Also, he asked me about what does it takes to date me and how much of a salary a guy must have to date me.

I don't want to assume honestly so I'm asking everyone's opinion.

I'm still not ready to ask him directly.

Is this dude interested in me? Why is he doing it? when a guy softly rubs a girl's back, does it mean anything?
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