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How To Know Friendship Or Romance Signals

by | Meeting People, Moving On

May 2, 2020

How to know if it is friendship or romance signals can be a real challenge sometimes. Consider this scenario—You met this particular guy. You look at him, and he looks back at you. Then you smile, and he also smiles back. 

Further, you looked directly into his eyes, and he returned your stare in kind. 

A couple of days later, you guys started texting each other all the time. Also, you pair off at gatherings, and some of the messages you’ve received from him are downright flirtatious.

Friendship or Romance signals

Everything looks great and wonderful. It’s as if you guys were made for each other. You can’t go through a minute without thinking about him. It was just like in the movie–Titanic. 

Then you begin to think or get that feeling that you have a special bond with this cute guy. The feeling starts growing gradually. You begin to think a lot about him. Every day, you get lovesick. You dreamed about it day and night. 

Next, you start thinking of how it’s going to be like in the future with this person. You told all your close friends and family about him. Also, how great this guy is—he is the perfect match. 

You developed strong feelings for him. You are already picturing how your kids are going to look like. Everything seems perfect. 

After a couple of months, you believe he feels the same way about you. But your gut keeps telling you maybe something is wrong. You ask yourself, “Could this be friendship or romance signals?” 

Finally, you decide to confront him ask him directly where the relationship is going, just to be sure you’re both on the same page. All that remains is making a life commitment. 

However, he replied, “I view you as just a friend​—nothing more. That was when you found out that the feeling is one-sided. He doesn’t feel the same way about you. He just likes you as a friend—a friend only. 

And you’re like, “Oh my God.” Your heart starts beating very fast. It’s like you’re about to have a heart attack. But nothing of that happened.

Both of you have been texting each other, and he kind of showed genuine interest in you. 

So, you become so angry, embarrassed, and even feel betrayed. You’re angry at him and yourself for going this length. You were absolutely devastated, and it really hurt your feelings. 

Yes, many of us have been there. Just know that you’re not alone. Also, identifying friendship or romance signals is not always easy. 

Sometimes, we get confused while trying to read in between the lines. It isn’t easy because some people like to take advantage of others. Here are what you can do when you find yourself in this kind of situation. 

Be objective 

Take a step back and analyze the relationship. Try to see things from a different standpoint, like if there are solid reasons why he is acting that way with you. 

In addition, study his relationship with other people. See if there are similarities. He’s looking at you or texting you on a regular basis doesn’t mean he is into you.

Be discerning 

Pay attention to those signs that make you think it’s a romance signal and not that of friendship. Also, try to remember the few times you second-guess yourself. 

Don’t assume that just because you feel a certain way about him, so that makes the feeling mutual. Some people are like that naturally. It’s only friendship that was intended, not romance.

Be patient

Until a person explicitly says that he wants to get to know you in a romantic way, don’t invest more in the relationship than you can afford to lose. 

Also, don’t go too fast. If he is not making his move, then kill off the interest as time goes on. No one is worth dying for. Move on. The person will surely come along.

Be honest

If you want to find out whether someone views you as more than just a friend, talk it out with the person. Tell the person how you feel. Do it on time and don’t wait for too long. That way, you know where the relationship stands. 

There is always the danger of risking a great friendship for the purpose of knowing the truth. Also, there is anger in denying you and your friend a possible future, one that is filled with love. 

It’s better to be a little hurt than to go on for months before realizing that he wasn’t interested in the first place.

How to know if someone is into you

  • They show genuine interest in your life and attentively listen when you are speaking
  • If they jump at every chance to assist you
  • If they text you on a regular basis
  • They regularly buy you gifts from time to time
  • Calls you by pet names
  • Gives you a warm embrace that lingers on a second longer than normal 
  • Get moody/jealous when you talk to other people of the opposite sex

Friendship or Romance signal could be any of these

  • They are always maintaining eye contact with you.
  • They touch you frequently.
  • Their eyes are always searching for you, and when they see you, they pretend like they were searching for something else
  • They always give you a sweet smile when they see you
  • Talks to you only and with no other guy or lady in a public place
  • They laugh at your jokes even though they aren’t funny.
  • Plays with your hair while talking to you
  • Bites their lip while looking at you

See also: How To Make Online Dating Works.

By Martin Corden

Martin Corden is a certified relationship expert and a songwriter from Australia. He loves researching and writing. Martin loves finding new ways to improve and inspires others to be their best version and work together towards it. Martin has a wide range of intellectual and artistic interests.

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