Avoiding The Friend Zone @DatingAdviceGrl

Friend Zone by @DatingAdviceGrl | Singles Warehouse
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Friend Zone by @DatingAdviceGrl | Singles WarehouseYou wanted to take things slow and keep things casual with your new love-interest, but now things are so casual that you fear that you’ve missed your chance to add romance into the mix. It’s so easy to accidentally end up in the friend zone instead of getting romantic with someone new.but there are 2 big things you can do to help avoid just being friends.

Two Big Things to Avoid The Friend Zone

1. Make it clear, or at least drop hints to your love-interest that you are interested in dating them romantically. We’re not talking about prematurely professing your love for your crush or spending large sums of money to woo your crush, but it’s important to be clear about not wanting to keep things platonic and friendly. If you don’t make it clear sooner rather than later that you’re interested in being more than just friends, someone else could beat you to it. If at some point you don’t make your intentions clear, your love-interest will start to see you as just a buddy and you’ll unintentionally end up in the friend zone.

2. Being friends is great, but if you are interested in something more, it’s important to step up and make more formal plans. Opt for a dinner date rather than your usual coffee date or happy hour drink date. Instead of something impromptu or last minute, make plans to hang with your potential love-interest days in advance perhaps on one of the most coveted dating nights, Friday or Saturday. The kind of date you choose directly effects the mood you are setting with your potential love-interest. Avoid getting stuck in a casual, friendly dating rut, by making more of an effort. It’s the details that make the difference.

I’m a big fan of the daytime date, casual dates and coffee dates, especially early-on, but at some point that should shift if you want anything romantic to develop. That shift is not going to happen from just wishing and hoping. It’s up to you to plan or suggest dates that fit your intentions. Do what you can to avoid getting stuck in the friend zone.

Erin ‘The Dating Advice Girl’

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The Dating Advice Girl, Erin Tillman, is a dating expert, social life consultant, author, speaker and radio host based in Los Angeles, California. Over the past 6 years she has helped singles successfully navigate through the early stages of dating through her book, The Dating Guidebook (www.TheDatingGuidebook.com), over 100 dating-related articles for various lifestyle and dating sites, radio and TV segments and through her weekly radio show, The Dating Advice Girl Radio Show on 99.3 KCLA FM (voted one of the Top 10 Best Dating Podcasts on the Web in 2013)! She has hosted singles events in and around Los Angeles, has participated in dating and self-help workshops and seminars, has gotten and given dating tips to celebs on at events and on red carpets and has collaborated with several television studios, production companies, and radio stations including WGN 720 AM in Chicago, 700 WLW in Cincinnati, and KHOW 630 AM in Denver. Find me on the WEB, FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

1 Comment

  • April 15, 2013


    Just be very careful. As one friend of mine said when I approached her, “If it does not work out, then she will loose me as a friend.”