Dating your friend

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In fact, some of your very best friends are probably members of the opposite sex.

Related to that, there’s the whole ‘I don't want to make it weird if it doesn't work out’ thing. If two people that are friends decide to date and it doesn't work out, it always makes things weird.” And Connor has experience in this arena, having formerly dated a female friend.

“We broke up and it totally wrecked our whole friend group,” he says.

“Girls have a terrible tendency to communicate in ways guys don’t recognize and, yes, we are a bit thick,” he insists.

“From my experience, women hate the idea of clearly explaining their interest.

You two have obvious chemistry—you flirt, you chat, you hang out—but the buck stops there. Since this generation of singles is more emotionally-evolved than ever before, traditional dating norms have basically been tossed out the window, says psychologist Karla Ivankovich, Ph.

If you constantly project how busy you are, that you’re “really into work right now,” or are “just really happy being single,” your guy friend might start to get the wrong message (read: don’t pursue me, please).

“Even if common interest seems to be there, this is a big one,” Sam says.

“Sometimes you don’t feel anything right away, but over time you come to realize it may be more,” says Josh, a 27-year-old public relations specialist.

“You don’t know them as well, and there are still things to discover, which makes an exciting spark.” In these casual friendships, you might even find yourself on his back-burner.

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