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(February 11, 2007 by support Send DollMail )
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You look around the room and notice someone looking at you. You meet his eyes and instantly look away. Why is he looking at you? What does it mean? Could he like you? And most importantly of all Ė what if you don't like him THAT way?

Boy Trouble

While there are tons of magazines and even books on dealing with boys that you are already dating, there isn't much out there about boys who you don't really want to date. It seems like there is much more that can be confusing and stressful before dating than after. I'm not saying the anticipation and excitement of crushes is not fun, but it can be really messy, too.

In a perfect world, you like him and he likes you. You flirt a little, you talk a little, you text a little. Eventually you start hanging around each other and claim to be boyfriend and girlfriend. This is all well and good. What happens though, when it doesn't work out in such a neat little mold?

Far from Perfect

He likes you, you like some other guy. He's really nice, and you don't want to hurt his feelings, so what do you do? Or, you like a boy a little bit, but not enough to want to be his girlfriend. You like having him around, and don't want to lose his company. Do you have to go out with him?

The answer to this, of course, is NO! You can make it all the way through school and never go out with anyone. That is perfectly okay and even more normal than you may think. You can simply be friends, maybe even best friends, with guys. Believe it or not, most boys have interesting things to say and think having friends who is girls are pretty neat.

The Guy Friend

The guy friend can be more complicated than a friendship with a girl. People might assume you are together when you really are not, and future boyfriends of yours (or girlfriends of his) might feel like they have to compete with you. Anyone with a guy friend can tell you it can be sticky, but it's well worth it. Besides, the longer you hang out, the more everyone knows the truth about your friendship.

Boys tend to be a bit blunter than girls. They don't play games and they don't stab each other in the back (usually.) They don't ask you hard questions about how their pants fit. Usually, they just tell jokes, talk about normal stuff, and hang out the same way most girls do.

Want a Guy Friend?

If you've got a boy that you want to get to know better, the best thing to do is be honest. Tell him that you aren't really interested in romance if he is. You might also let him know that you would rather be good friends than have to deal with the drama of a breakup and anything your parents might dish out. Any decent guy will respect that.

If a guy doesn't seem interested in romance, but you just think he's funny or nice, that doesn't mean you have to start planning your wedding. You don't want to marry all your funny girlfriends do you? Just start hanging out with his group of friends or partner up in class for a project. Treat him the same way you would treat your girlfriends. Tell a joke, laugh, and be friendly. Pretty soon, you'll know him as well as you know your best friend, and that kind of friendship is well worth any effort.


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sgtd

20/Female
Hayden, AL
Posted On: February 12, 2007
I am friends with this guy and he knows I like him but he acts like I never even told him,it makes me feel bad becasue we used to talk and we even went out one time it was great.So wat do I do. :i con3:
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dangerous_cuti

23/Female
Iron Mountain, MO
Posted On: February 12, 2007
Most of my friends are guys but after being friends with them for a year they all seem to start liking me. Like now there's this one that likes me and actually I like him, but here's the catch, he won't ask me out and he told my friend that he thinks he loves me and since he told her that he gets really shy and turns red and then avoids me as I go to my 7th hour. We use to walk to 7th hour together and have a blast on our way. Now he make sure he's either way ahead of me or way behind me. Can anyone tell me why?
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Keanelover1289

21/Female
Posted On: February 12, 2007
My current BF was my best friend for quite a while...
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DizzyDolls

28/Female
Pembroke Pines, FL
Posted On: February 12, 2007
Guy friends are the best, they really are. It gets a little easier as you go on, as people become less couple obsessed. But having guy friends is like.. having a window to the other side, you know? If you're tight, you can even ask them guy questions, and get honest answers. Of course, I'm not saying to use your male friends as advice columns, but you know what I mean. Boys can be friends without being boyfriends, and they can just be.. different. It's very cool.
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cornelia_weasl

24/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: February 12, 2007
Okay, there's stuff on how to keep your BF and ways to have a guy friend without dating, but where's the stuff on how to get a guy, or how to have him as a friend if you like him as more and then let it progress? I'm in desperate need over here.
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Spiritwolf15

24/Female
Henry, VA
Posted On: February 11, 2007
I actually have that problem. there is this guy who likes me but haven't actually asked me out yet (which is good cause i dont want to hurt him) he used to give me all kinds of gifts and even roses which is so sweet. i like him but not in that way.

Now he don't give me gifts but he still likes me and wishes that he was my boyfriend but he stays my friend and thats good.
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sammiblu

23/Female
Egypt
Posted On: February 11, 2007
i gree with mo1405. cuz if you have other guy friends that like you in that way then they get competitive with each other and even though its wrong its really funny to watch!
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hollister101

21/Female
Cordova, TN
Posted On: February 11, 2007
almost all my friends are guys like 2 of them are girls n thtz it i went out with one of my bestfriends(big mistake) and when we first broke up it was really awkward but we're really good friends again n we're cool wit each other now
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MO1405

22/Female
Oceanside, NY
Posted On: February 11, 2007
guys are so hard to understand...i rather be single
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Knewgirl

22/Female
New Zealand
Posted On: February 11, 2007
love the article and i have lots of friends who are guys but one problem is that when they start trying to give you fasion advise you have to wonder if they are straight or not lol but i think sometimes having guy friends is better than having a boyfriend there is less drama
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notavirgobut14

22/Female
Chaska, MN
Posted On: February 11, 2007
i have so many guys friends almost more than my girl friends its kinda funny cuz my bf gets jealous sometimes
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virtugirl333

22/Female
Baltimore, MD
Posted On: February 11, 2007
Guys can be the best when it comes to frends! They won't care abot thngs girls do & you can have the werdst talks with them
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elly101

24/Female
Montevallo, AL
Posted On: February 11, 2007
i ''guy friends''
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Leilani46

21/Female
Panama City Beac, FL
Posted On: February 11, 2007
yeah....i have lots of guy friends!
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dakotaosu

38/Female
Lenapah, OK
Posted On: February 11, 2007
Does anybody really like v-tines day? i do!!!
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