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 Blah_User_Name
Joined: 8/27/2011
Msg: 2
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There's hope for friendship but the chances of anything more are extremely remote.
 Stray__Cat
Joined: 7/12/2006
Msg: 3
She just wants to be friends for now. Is there hope?
Posted: 6/15/2012 7:11:35 PM
You didn't wow her on your first date.
Which is OK, as often it is simply enuff to survive it.

Now if it was me....I'd just be her friend and date others.
And maybe...in time...I could wow her down the road.

Overall, I think she is just being cautious with you.
So relax and be cautious with her.
But don't get hung up on her.
The smoother move would be to get her hung up on you.
:-)

good luck.
 bucsgirl
Joined: 5/13/2006
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Posted: 6/15/2012 7:14:38 PM
She SAID she'd be interesting in going out again AS FRIENDS. What further explanation do you need? Friends is all she wants, if you're not satisfied with that, don't see her again. The chances that she'll want more later is so extremely small it's not worth mentioning. I think you should just quit seeing her, because it's SOOO obvious you want more, it would interfere with you being a decent friend.
 motown_cowgirl
Joined: 12/22/2011
Msg: 5
She just wants to be friends for now. Is there hope?
Posted: 6/15/2012 7:19:27 PM
This isn't necessarily the stereotypical friend zone scenario. I have a different take on this for reasons which I'm about to explain.

I think the fact that she said "most of my dates are terrible" is quite telling. That means she's probably gotten to the point that she doesn't trust her own judgment and therefore (based on past experience) she also expects YOU to be terrible in some way that she hasn't had a chance to discover yet. Once burned, twice shy and all that.

Go ahead and ask her out again, but let her set the pace. Be interested but accommodating. You will need to be a lil' more patient. EVEN IF she is interested in you (and I think she is), she just isn't going to want to rush into things. Smart of her to at least recognize her own limitations.


I would like to meet up again cos I had a laugh but as friends?

She wants to see if you'll respect the initial limits she's setting so that she has a lil' time & space to discern whether or not you're just like all the others. That's my interpretation. Poor gal has probably been groped by a few assholes or something.
 bucsgirl
Joined: 5/13/2006
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Posted: 6/15/2012 7:29:46 PM
I get totally what motown is saying. Been there, done that more times than I'd care to admit. How that has typically played out for me is the guy is pushing it as far as what he wants, IE is not really being a male "friend".

I think if he does see her again, he should ACT like he is her friend, BE her friend. In my experience, when a guy wants something else, that's not just difficult but also nearly impossible. That's how I responded the way I did, and when that happens, the "girl" feels pressured for "more" and it...well not a happy ending.

So, OP, if you can handle that, then go ahead. If you don't feel you can be genuine and be her friend, you'd be better off finding someone else.
 Lionesse19
Joined: 3/30/2012
Msg: 7
She just wants to be friends for now. Is there hope?
Posted: 6/15/2012 7:40:29 PM
I agree with Mementomori.

She may have others on the string and has not made up her mind about you. However she just may not be into you for whatever reason. I also would not be paying for any outings if she has friendzoned you and it seems she has.
That hardly ever changes no matter what amount of time goes by but we cant really say as we are not you.
So if you hang out with her hoping she changes her mind, then do so but let her pay her way.
 smarternudumbernmost
Joined: 5/25/2012
Msg: 9
She just wants to be friends for now. Is there hope?
Posted: 6/15/2012 7:44:18 PM

When a girl says this does it generally mean she has concluded that she only wants you as a friend but can't be blunt about it?

No.
It means she has already set limitations on your behavior that she wants you to live up to.


Also, when she said "its hard to tell after a couple of hours so I dont want to give a definate yes" I'm not sure what she is referring to.

You didn't sweep her away.
You didn't blow her skirt up.
You didn't give her butterflies.


If she's not sure how she feels about me, thats what second dates are for - so why not simply agree to one?

Because she doesn't want to do the whole progression things.
First date awkward kiss or hug.
Second date kiss.
Third date makeout and/or possibly sex.
She just wants to go out and have a laugh with you. She wants you on the other side of the table and just want to laugh, have fun, and not think about dating, or progressing.


So I was wondering if anyone has any ideas from their own experiences or instincts about whether this might go somewhere if I play my card right or has she already 'friended' me?

It will always go somewhere.
Where do you want it to go?
How long are you willing to wait?
Will you see it as waiting or just enjoying each others company?
Are you willing to give up complete control over everything based on her wanting you to be her friend, according to her whims that may or may not change?
How do you think you will feel in 3 months if she says "we've just become too good of friends, I don't want to ruin what we have. Oh by the way, I have this date tomorrow with this really hot guy. Let me get your advice on him."
 SmartSarcasticSweet
Joined: 4/15/2012
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She just wants to be friends for now. Is there hope?
Posted: 6/15/2012 8:00:29 PM
Women/people in general tend to know fairly quickley (by that I mean within the first 10 or so minutes) if there is a possibility of pursuing something with someone. That being said, there is always the exception, so give it a go. But if she is still friend zoning you after the second date, cut your losses. IMO anyways...
 Abbbey12345
Joined: 5/22/2012
Msg: 11
She just wants to be friends for now. Is there hope?
Posted: 6/15/2012 8:01:16 PM
Move on. You are in the friend zone and that is where you will stay. Devote your energy to someone that sees you as boyfriend material as you deserve to be treated like a desirable man not a girlfriend.
 Boricua Papi
Joined: 10/8/2007
Msg: 12
She just wants to be friends for now. Is there hope?
Posted: 6/15/2012 8:06:25 PM
You can take that "friend zone" out with a very smart and strong move. Self confidence, a little bit of bad boy and strong character. Work on your appearance and clothes. Go for it, talk to her and for God's sake grab her chin and KISS HER!
 metsjets7732
Joined: 1/11/2009
Msg: 13
She just wants to be friends for now. Is there hope?
Posted: 6/15/2012 8:14:25 PM
I've told a lot of girls I only wanted to be friends, cause I wasn't attracted to them physically. Many have told me the same. At best, tell her "sure we can be friends". Don't call her or text, let her do the work/effort. Maybe 1 day she gets dumped/horny/lonely.....and calls u....bINGO!!!P
 bucsgirl
Joined: 5/13/2006
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Posted: 6/15/2012 8:23:05 PM
"You can take that "friend zone" out with a very smart and strong move. Self confidence, a little bit of bad boy and strong character. Work on your appearance and clothes. Go for it, talk to her and for God's sake grab her chin and KISS HER!" This is the BEST advice for guaranteeing she'll never have any contact with you again. You don't GRAB a woman's chin? That's an idiot move, at best and totally inappropriate. Just proof you have little experience with women...ugh.
 Tristle
Joined: 9/11/2010
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Posted: 6/16/2012 5:19:55 AM
there are alot of possibilities why she "behaved" this way. but it sounds like she likes you definitely. some chicks can turn out to be great friends indeed, so I'd be inclined if I were in your situation, to take her up on this. she may be able to introduce you to some of her female friends and things like that. You look to be a pretty young fellow. try not to focus too much on her or try to control the situation to develop into a gf one. so, if you can do that, I'd suggest continuing on as a friend for the moment with this young lady.
 _Iconoclast_
Joined: 12/3/2010
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Posted: 6/16/2012 5:26:54 AM
Why dont you just go on a second date and see?
 nubeginnings64
Joined: 4/8/2012
Msg: 17
She just wants to be friends for now. Is there hope?
Posted: 6/16/2012 5:39:12 AM
It's not hard to tell after spending time with someone for a couple of hours. You either feel an attraction or you don't & clearly she don't. You have no cards to play if sent to the friend zone after a single date. No sense chasing your tail if romance is what you seek. Move on.
 chattykathie413
Joined: 5/14/2012
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Posted: 6/16/2012 6:15:55 AM
I had a conversation with a friend about this very topic. In "real world dating" there is a natural progression that doesn't take place in the online world of dating. Usually, you get to know someone at work, in a group of friends or during a marathon conversation at a party. THAT is where the first meeting usually takes place. It's often an unexpected chance meeting that leaves you wondering, could this guy/girl be for me? In online dating, you have to set up that first meeting and both parties enter with some amount of pressure on them.

When I say "friends first" I am NOT saying there is no chance for future dating. I'm just trying to take the pressure off. I'm trying to create an atmosphere where we can cultivate something that can easily turn into more without labeling us as a potential couple.

If she said to you that she would be interested in seeing you again as friends for now, she's saying she's still interested in getting to know you better. Otherwise, she would say no more meetings. If you want more insight into what she means or what her intentions are, don't communicate through texting. Have an actual conversation with her. Ask her if she's comfortable explaining it further. Be careful not to put more pressure than that on the topic. Too much too fast can drive a person away.
 scottey63
Joined: 3/8/2008
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Posted: 6/16/2012 11:31:32 AM
There might be some hope, but I wouldn't waste a lot of time, either. If there's no lip action by the end of the third date...there's a signpost up ahead...you've crossed over into...the Friend Zone.
 andris24
Joined: 5/13/2012
Msg: 20
She just wants to be friends for now. Is there hope?
Posted: 6/16/2012 1:34:32 PM
Sorry to burst your bubble dude but this is not going to end well for you if you have hope of anything more than friendship. A girl who is interested in you will take the lets go on a few dates and see how things work out approach. She has already told you that she just wants to be friends, so consider yourself in the "Friend Zone". If you think she is a cool girl and you won't mind being friends with her then you should be honest with yourself and stop pressuring her for a relationship.
 Boricua Papi
Joined: 10/8/2007
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Posted: 6/16/2012 3:41:44 PM
bucsgirl

My advice was for a fellow man, not for you. Men and women think different. I used a little sarcasm in my advice, I'm writing to a grown up guy who can see what I'm talking about.
 chattykathie413
Joined: 5/14/2012
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Posted: 6/16/2012 4:58:55 PM
Nope Boricua, you're back pedaling now. It was bad advice
 helpmeahhh
Joined: 10/25/2011
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Posted: 6/16/2012 5:26:45 PM
I've been friendzoned before and they always said 'I had a good time' but they never asked for a second date. Go out again, see what happens. If nothing keep her as a facebook friend or something; odds are she has female friends who could be into you.
 ravenhair4u
Joined: 8/13/2011
Msg: 24
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Posted: 6/17/2012 7:50:25 AM
No. You are in the friend zone. She's not interested in a relationship on any other level. You're a nice good looking young man, keep dating you'll find the right girl for you.
 Rheostatic
Joined: 5/27/2011
Msg: 25
She just wants to be friends for now. Is there hope?
Posted: 6/17/2012 1:17:43 PM
You can take that "friend zone" out with a very smart and strong move. Self confidence, a little bit of bad boy and strong character. Work on your appearance and clothes. Go for it, talk to her and for God's sake grab her chin and KISS HER!


That's great advice on paper, but in reality it's quite another story. Not every guy can pull this off. Those who can, all the power to you. But if you can't, you'll end up looking like quite the boob.

Anyways, to OP...it could go either way. But it'd probably be worth your while to not get your hopes up. Unless you're lacking in the friends department, in which case if she DOES want to be friends, let her put the effort in.
 quarked
Joined: 5/23/2008
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Posted: 6/17/2012 9:49:29 PM
No, there is no hope.

http://xkcd.com/513/
 Integra1
Joined: 5/19/2006
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Posted: 6/18/2012 6:54:37 AM
I'm someone whose relationships have typically come from a place where I've known the other person for some time outside of the dating context. It's so much easier when you can just let things develop on their own time without this "Oh everyone knows in the first 5 seconds if they want to be with that other person forever". Sometimes you do, sometimes you don't.

I have no idea how people decide that "yep, it's relationship city!" after meeting a perfect stranger for a few hours. You don't know her, she doesn't know you. Personally, I need time to get to know someone and let things settle out.

I've had the instant zonic boom attraction but that rarely lasts. Sometimes it does, but often, outside of the bedroom, there isn't much to hang the proverbial hat on.

What's the big deal with just taking things slowly and seeing where they go without having the other person sign on the dotted line by Date. No. 2?

I absolutely hate dating someone where it's essentially an interview to see if I can fit into the "relationship vacancy" in his life with a load of expectations and time lines hanging over every meeting.
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