15 Signs He Only Sees You As a Friend

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Have you been put in the friend zone? Does he see you as just a friend? In this post, we’ll run through the key signs he only sees you as a friend – plus, what to do about it. Should you try to progress your relationship? Or is it better left where it is? Can you do anything to change the way he sees you? Here, we’ll soon reveal. So let’s start from the top…

Signs He Only Sees You As a Friend

So first up, before we look at the signs he only sees you as a friend – let’s compare with the signs your friend has feelings for you. Click here to read the full article

See, if he’s secretly got feelings for you, you’ll notice things like:

  • He’ll make time and effort to see you, speak to you, get to know you better, be there for you.
  • He’ll ask you lots of questions – pay more of an interest than most, especially about your love life.
  • You’ll find the two of you sharing “moments”, moments that cross the barriers of friendship.
  • You may also find that he actually actively pushes the boundaries of your friendship – to try to test the waters and gage how you feel.
  • He’ll also try to impress you in most cases. He just can’t help himself! He wants to be with you really, and wants you to want to be with him – to see him in that way.
  • Then of course, gets over-protective or jealous if you’re ever with other people. (People being guys… He doesn’t want to see you with anyone else romantically!)

These are just touching on a few of the differences between a friend-who-is-just-a-friend and a friend-who-wants-to-be-more-than-a-friend.

It’s similar to the signs he likes you but is hiding it – click here for that post. Or the signs he likes you but is scared of rejection – click here for that post.

Luckily there’s lots you can look out for, to help you piece it altogether. So this is a great starting point if you want to know if he sees you as just as a friend, or more than a friend.

15 Signs He Only Sees You As A Friend

But what are the signs you DON’T want to recognise? The signs he only sees you as a friend? Well…

1) He Doesn’t Flirt With You

First off, if he only sees you as a friend, he will – as you can imagine – treat you like just a friend. This means, there’s no flirting, no crossing the boundaries, no temptation either.

He likes you, but not in that way. And so he won’t act that way. That’s when it’s nice and easy to be able to tell!

2) He Dates Other People

Following on from our last point, if he not only flirts with other people, but dates other people – but he’s still not doing that with you, it’s likely another of the signs he only sees you as a friend, unfortunately.

Of course he could be in denial. He could be fighting his feelings for you, but secretly want to date you. It can happen. But you’ll have to piece it altogether. How many of these signs sound familiar? Does it start to add up?

Recommended Read: 10 Signs He Is Fighting His Feelings For You

Because in most cases, he’s not dating you because he’s not interested in you romantically or doesn’t think that you would be in him. Groan. I know. Sometimes it can be a kicker. 

Recommended Read: How To Deal With Rejection When You’re Single

Signs he only sees you as a friend

3) He Talks To You About Other People

So what else have we got? Well, a MAJOR sign he only sees you as a friend is if he’s very open about his love life. He doesn’t tell you to try to make you jealous or test your reaction. He’s simply open and talks to you like “one of the lads”. 

He doesn’t even think about it. If there’s someone on the scene and he’s excited or it’s “good gossip”, he’ll happily share if he only sees you as a friend, because he won’t think it matters.

4) You Only Really Speak In Group Chat

You may do things together, but it’s only usually within a group. Likewise when you’re messaging – you’ll find you’re usually just messaging each other within a Group Chat, and it’s mostly jokey stuff, nothing serious, no heart-to-hearts.

Recommended Read: How Do You Know If Someone Likes You Over Text?

5) He Doesn’t Message Much

Now let’s say the two of you are really close. If this is the case, perhaps you do speak privately and see each other privately.

However, you won’t be texting non-stop and if you have feelings for him but he doesn’t for you – you’ll probably find that you’re the one texting HIM first most of the time, and initiating most of the conversation.

Recommended Read: Should I Text Him First? Or Wait?

See, you speak to friends less than people that you’re actively pursuing. Naturally. So if you want to know if he only sees you as a friend, ask yourself:

  • Is he treating me like a friend, or treating me like more?
  • Would be behave like this if we were just friends?
  • Is he putting more effort in because he sees me as more?

Be honest with yourself. See what’s really happening, not want you want to see. Try not to fantasise or let wishful thinking take over!

6) He Calls You “Mate” (or an Equivalent)

Now we all love a good pet name. Only, if a guy sees you as just a friend, you won’t be hearing any “babe” or “sweetheart.” You’re more likely to get “mate”, “dude”, or called by your last name. Uh huh, it’s not awfully endearing and definitely not what you want to hear. 

7) He’s Too Comfortable Around You

What else do you want to look out for? Well, if he’s too comfortable around you… And I know what you’re thinking – but surely it’s a good think if he’s comfortable? If he can be himself?

Yes, for sure. But there has to be a boundary.

  • For example, if he’s lost his manners, is happy to burp or fart in front of you (with no embarrassment) – he’s too comfortable around you and only sees you as a friend.
  • Likewise, you may find that he doesn’t dress up around you. He doesn’t really make an effort with how he looks. Sweaty from football? No worries. Hungover and grouchy? Ah well, you’ll “get it.”

Whilst we’re on the topic of being comfortable, there’s also the other angle… Can he hold eye contact with you without feeling awkward? Do you ever have a “moment” and he has to look away?

See, if he liked you – but was hiding it BECAUSE you’re friends – you’d notice he’s not COMPLETELY comfortable around you… especially when it’s just the two of you. He’s got something to hide – some feelings in there. It might make him a little anxious, shy or on edge.

Not getting any of that? Find that he’s as chilled with you as anyone else? Then it means there’s a lack of care. He doesn’t need to impress you, and that’s probably because he sees you as just a friend.

Does he just see me as a mate?

Signs He Only Sees You As a Friend

8) He Winds You Up

Next up, we’ve got the fact that he’ll probably joke around and wind you up a fair bit – especially if that’s in his nature or character. 

And YES, flirting by teasing is a thing. But if he only sees you as a friend, his teasing will be more like the way a big brother teases a little sister. It’s on a different level. 

You’ll also notice it’s not matched with any chemistry-fuelled eye contact. He is literally just messing around with you – not with any bad intention but certainly not with any romantic one either.

Recommended Read: 10 Signs There’s Chemistry Between You Two

9) He’s Not Afraid To Tell You The Truth

We’re storming through the signs he only sees you as a friend now, so it’s time for another big one! See, we know you have that level of friendship. We know that he cares about you. But if it’s as a friend, you’re more likely to hear more hard-hitting truths.

He’s not trying to win you, he’s not overly thinking about what he’s saying. And so he can come out with more things that – may seem harsh – but are true… And usually in your best interest.

For instance, if you’re going a little wild and you need to sort your life out, he won’t be afraid to tell you. If you’re being flakey and dropping out of plans – he’ll say it to you straight!

He’s not being mean. Like I said, he’s just trying to help you. But if he saw you as more than a friend – he’d be more careful not to offend or upset you. And that’s a major difference.

10) He’s Disengaged

Another major sign he only sees you as a friend is if – when you’re together – he can be pretty disengaged. You’re not in a relationship, you’re not just “chilling out.”

If he was romantically interested in you, he’d make the most of the time he had with you – getting to know you more, building more of a bond.

So if he’s often sat on his phone when he’s with you, scrolling through social media or replying to messages – for example – it’s not a good sign. He’s paying more attention to other things or other people. They’re more of a priority in his mind.

He’s comfortable around you, sees you as a friend, like we said. It’s not a CRIME to relax in someone else’s company and put your focus elsewhere.

It just confirms that he’s not trying to pursue you romantically and so probably doesn’t see you as more than a friend.

11) He’s Touch & Go

Building on from our last point, if he only sees you as a friend, you may find he’s a bit touch and go. You don’t really know what to expect.

Maybe some days you’ll send messages back and forth, the next day you won’t hear from him all day… perhaps for multiple days. His communication is all over the place. And he only really speaks when he “has time” or is in the mood.

See in his mind, he doesn’t think you’ll think anything of it – because he doesn’t think anything of it himself. You’re his friend, you don’t need to be chatting 24-7.

If you make plans together, he’ll be there. He doesn’t let you down. But things are firmly in friendship-zone if – aside from that – he’s carelessly unpredictable and simply takes the time when he has the time, instead of making the time for you because he’s actually interested in you romantically.

Signs he only sees you as a friend

12) He’s Never Tried To Make a Move

Has he ever tried to make a move on you? Have you ever shared any intimate moments? Any moments that suggest you could be MORE than just friends?

And how do you know if he felt it, or if it was just felt by you?

These are more of the things you should be looking out for and considering when wondering if he sees you as just a friend. Because sure – everyone’s different. He could be shy, he could not know how you feel.

But in most cases, there will probably be some moments where he drops his guard and gives away his true feelings towards you. Haven’t had anything like that? Then it could just be that there’s nothing there and he’s not feeling it…

Not because you’re not amazing. You are. Trust me. This is nothing to take personally. Remember that, okay?

Recommended Read: Why Hasn’t He Kissed Me Yet?!

13) He Genuinely Tries To Set You Up

What else might he do if he only sees you as a friend? Well, he may set you up with other people – especially if you’ve been single a while and he has a big social circle. Only he won’t just organise double dates to get closer to you and be able to spend more time with you.

No, no, no. He’ll organise genuine dates with people who have actual potential. Or, he’ll be your wing-man on a night out… If a guy saw you romantically, there’s no way he’d do that.

Does he get jealous? Does he feel like no-one is good enough for you and knocks other guys down? These will be key indicators – working both ways.

14) Nothing is Reciprocated

Now, depending on how you feel about this guy – the chances are, there’s going to be times where you’ve tested the waters yourself. Am I right or am I right? A little flirting?

Maybe some physical contact? Or even just trying to hold his gaze longer, or giving him suggestive looks?

The thing is, if he sees you as just a friend, you’ll get little to nothing back. Maybe he’s realised how you feel and doesn’t want to lead you on. Or perhaps he’s completely oblivious.

Ultimately though, if you’ve made a conscious effort to take things in a romantic direction or ignite a little more of a spark – and it’s not being acted on from his side, there’s a good reason for that.

15) You Just Feel It

Last but not least then, one of the biggest signs he only sees you as a friend is if you feel it.

He doesn’t even have to say it (although he might have done that too – depending on the circumstances in which you met and are in.)

  • Do you feel like nothing you say or do is “good enough”? Do you feel like you’re not “good enough” perhaps?
  • Does this feel like a battle? Like you’re trying to get him to like you romantically or see you in a different way?
  • Is it difficult?

These are important questions. See, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – when it’s right, it will FEEL right. It won’t be this tough.

So if he doesn’t make you feel the way a romantic partner would make you feel, if you know – deep down – that from his side it’s just not there, don’t ignore it.

Yes it sucks in this moment, but it’s better to be aware of the truth than battling against the lies you’ve convinced yourself of to keep holding on to hope. But what does all of this mean?

Can You Get Out of the Friendzone?

In some cases – yes, you can get out of the friend zone. Whether or not you want to try will depend on how much you’ve put yourself out there with this guy to date, and what your “relationship” is like.

Are you friends? Really good friends? Is trying to move out of it worth risking damaging the friendship for? Or are you more acquaintances and so – there’s less to potentially “lose”?

How do you feel about him? Is he just a crush? How long have you had feelings for him? And do you really think he has potential to be the right person for you?

Recommended Read: How Do You Know If He’s “The One?”

What To Do If He Only Sees You as a Friend

When it comes to what to do if he only sees you as a friend then, you really have to weigh up how much you’ve tried, how much potential you think is there, and whether you want to explore things further.

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there if you think it could be worth it, of course. There’s no shame in trying. Even if it doesn’t go where you’d like it to lead. It’s then just a case of knowing when to stop trying if he’s really not feeling it.

Unsure what to do? What’s the best thing? How good your “chances” are? Then get in touch for private one-to-one dating coaching. Uh huh, I am at hand! We will make a plan!

Whatever you decide to do – do so with confidence.

Remember, this is just one guy in a world full of wonderful people. You’ll find someone who sees you and appreciates you completely, for everything and all that you are – whether it’s this guy or not.

So hang on in there. Good luck!

Love,
Ell_xx

Signs He Only Sees You As a Friend

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