This means you can have friends you’re attracted to, or interested in, and respect the fact that it may never turn romantic.You can also be clear about the fact that you’re not attracted to someone, and only want to be friends, without the friendship self-imploding.He was really sweet and had been through some rough stuff.He never made me feel uncomfortable or alluded to the fact that he wanted to be more than friends. or it’ll open up the possibility for something even better.Don’t assume that if you wait it out — you just send her one more “hi” text in the morning, or double-tap all his Instagram posts, or remain constantly available “just in case” for a last-minute date, or even plan a grand romantic gesture — it is going to magically change the situation.Trust me, people tend to leap from friends to more than friends if it’s really going to happen, and if the timing is right. Also, the whole thing is not necessarily anyone’s fault. There’s no reason to feel guilty for not liking someone back, and there’s no excuse for guilt-tripping someone into being with you.You don’t “owe” anyone your body or heart; likewise, you should never enter a friendship feeling like the other person is obligated to return romantic feelings on the basis of how much work you put into it. The “friend zone” is sexist to men, too, because it suggests guys should always get a physical return on emotional investment (um, wrong), and it reinforces the stereotype that men can’t be friends with women without wanting to sleep with them (not fair either). I’m by no means suggesting these discussions are easy — they’re not — but having them frees you up from the very “friend zone” you want to avoid.
even if those things don’t align with what You also want those same things for yourself, which means you support healthy boundaries for the friendship as a whole.
Figuring out how to move from Friend to Love Interest is challenging enough, and the so-called “friend zone” sometimes serves to categorize for what’s in-between. Sure, you may not be as close as you were before, but you move on and it’s cool, eventually.
The “friend zone” happens when two people are friends, and one person wants more while the other doesn’t. Or maybe you actually stay friends, and both find new love interests.
This is normally where people start using the “friend zone” language, as in: “We went on five dates, and then she friend-zoned me,” or “I put him in the friend zone because there was no spark for me.” When there’s a sense of being slighted, you’re not in the “friend zone,” you’re probably just not friends.
When you’re legitimately friends with someone, it’s not a “zone” you move in and out of.