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7 Men Reveal What It Was Like To Friend-Zone Women Who Were Crushing On Them

This weekend, a pal of mine received an abrupt friend-zoning speech from a guy who sent her flirty texts for weeks.

Though it appears to be a more common practice for women to let their guy friends down easy, the opposite happens to us ladies plenty, and the feeling is just as disorienting.

Redditor Npbugati asked fellow users,

Guys of Reddit, have you ever friend-zoned a girl that liked you? If so how and/or why did you do it?

The answers below will either soothe your friend-zoned soul and give you the answers you seek or shatter your faith in love and chemistry.

In some cases, they see us as their bros.

Comment from discussion Guys of Reddit, have you ever friend-zoned a girl that liked you? If so how and/or why did you do it?.

Many times, it's a matter of attraction.

Comment from discussion Guys of Reddit, have you ever friend-zoned a girl that liked you? If so how and/or why did you do it?.

There are guys who, luckily, value being up front from the beginning.

Comment from discussion Guys of Reddit, have you ever friend-zoned a girl that liked you? If so how and/or why did you do it?.

The ones who are decent enough to do so allow us to find the right partners.

Comment from discussion Guys of Reddit, have you ever friend-zoned a girl that liked you? If so how and/or why did you do it?.

Some guys, on the other hand, will avoid us altogether.

Comment from discussion Guys of Reddit, have you ever friend-zoned a girl that liked you? If so how and/or why did you do it?.

Hope, it seems, still exists in some cases, long after the friend has been zoned.

Comment from discussion Guys of Reddit, have you ever friend-zoned a girl that liked you? If so how and/or why did you do it?.

Whatever you do, though, men, don't be this guy (although, he's prolly lyin').

Comment from discussion Guys of Reddit, have you ever friend-zoned a girl that liked you? If so how and/or why did you do it?.

The friend-zone might not seem like the optimal place to spend our days, but friends can be better than boyfriends and stay in our lives far longer.

Let the hope of romance with your buddy die. It might be the best decision you ever make.