Your Dude Friend Thinks You Want Him

You’re friends with a guy. He’s funny and smart, maybe even funny-smart, but he’s just friend. You don’t have to think about whether or not you want him, because he already thinks you do. Why else would you talk to him, be nice to him, or dare to laugh at his jokes? God, you’re such a tease.

Researchers studying attraction between friends of opposite sex may have finally answered the age-old question of whether men and women can really be friends. Take a look at what they found after the jump!

According to a study published in The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, men were more attracted to their female friends than vice versa. Perhaps not surprisingly, men assumed their female friends were more attracted to them than they actually were. Gentlemen, can’t a woman be friendly without underlying sexual subtext? Women like without like-liking on the regular. No, really, you gorgeous piece of man meat.

The study also found that relationships meant a whole lotta nada to men when it came to feelings of attraction. Male friends continued to stake their attraction claim to female friends in relationships, likely in the hopes of being a penis shoulder to cry on if things don’t work out. Conversely, ladies in the study reporting being much less interested in dating a male friend who was in a relationship. Boundaries FTW!

Overall, both genders were five times more likely to perceive attraction between friends negatively rather than positively. Then again, men reported feeling there was more to gain from attraction in friendships, while women felt there was more to lose.

What are your thoughts on attraction between friends of the opposite sex?

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