Just friends vs dating

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So before you have that semi-awkward DTR talk or confusing DFMO, check our all-inclusive guide to see whether your “guy friend” is boyfriend material, whether you should DTR or stay as friends, what you risk, and why a friends-turned-lovers relationship can sometimes be stronger than the typical campus romance.

We’ve consulted the experts: Michael Lindstrom from the dating expert duo Ask Dan and Mike from and our own Real Live College Guy Sean Mc Farland, and we’ve asked collegiettes across the country about their experiences to know the signs that say he might just be that into you – and whether you should close the gap from “boy friend” to “boyfriend.” What are the signs that he’s into you?

It’s obvious you’re hooking up.’ And it’s the truth – we weren’t! “His body language will speak for itself,” Lindstrom says. More gentlemanly.” Does he hold doors open for you?

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“What’s great about dating a friend is that you already know each other! “So there’s none of that awkward ‘getting to know you’ stage.” Since you know you have some similar interests, why not build off of your shared interests for date ideas?

Do you catch him unexpectedly looking at you at odd moments?

Does he linger a little bit longer in his hugs with you than he might have used to? One thing you won’t get is a dramatic proposal of his undying love for you.

What's the difference between "just dating" and "boyfriend/girlfriend"?

Yes, I know "just dating" is non-commital, but--How do you know if you've "secured" the title?

Our own Real Live College Guy Sean, who had a relationship with a former friend, is a big believer in the “friends-first” mentality.

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