Meeting a new potential partner is always an exciting time. You start to figure out their availability, compatibility and, hopefully, whether they are in to you or not. However, that last part often lands you firmly in the Friend Zone. This is the place where good friends go and potential relationships die. It’s not necessarily a bad place as you still get a good friend out of it, but perhaps you wanted more?
You Are Never Alone Together
You invite your crush out, hoping for a chance to spend some time together, and he turns up with an entourage of his mates. And this happens Every. Single. Time! This shows he’s not thinking about spending quality time with you one-on-one. He thinks of you as ‘one of the guys’ and so when you call, he gathers the friend group instead.
He Talks To You About Other Women
This one is so classic, it is often used in movies to neatly define the Friend Zoned character. Your crush calls you up to complain or gush happily about that sexy new colleague of his or the hot girl who does reps at the gym. Sorry, but you’re filling the role of the Best Mate here and that means you’re slap bang in the centre of the Zone.
He Makes No Effort With His Appearance
Every time you go round to see him, or he comes over to you, he’s in his ‘lounging gear’. The ones he chooses to slob around the house in. This is his way of saying ‘I’m comfortable around you’ – which is great for friends but not so great for potential partners. If he is not making the effort to spruce up, chances are he is not interested in you.
You Are Close But Never Touch
Crashing on the sofa and watching a movie is not the same as a gentle touch on your shoulder or a hand on your knee. If the person in question always takes the opportunity to touch you when you are near, then there is hope. If they never take that opportunity, no matter how close you get, then you are in the Zone my friend.
He Says You Are Like A Sister To Him
This is the most obvious way any man can let you know that you are firmly in the Friend Zone. It’s almost an unwritten code phrase for the Zone. Honestly, it could not be clearer! He is trying to let you know it’s never going to happen, while at the same time giving you a great compliment so your feelings aren’t hurt too badly. In the end, if you are in the Friend Zone, there isn’t much you can do about it. You can’t force someone to like you, no matter how hard you try. The best thing is to move on and find someone who feels the same way about you as you do about them.