12 Types Of Guys You “Almost” Date

Some guys immediately grab your attention… only to then completely fall off the radar before you get the chance to actually be together. For every guy you form a real relationship with, there will be a dozen more you only almost date — and maybe that’s for the best.

  1. The one from work. The minute you met each other, you clicked right away. You became fast friends and everyone in the office gossips non-stop about “what is going on with those two…” The only thing stopping you from tearing each other’s clothes is the fact that you’re co-workers and neither of you wants to risk your jobs just so you can have a little romance. Sure, office romances can work, but they sure are messy.
  2. The one you only met once but still messages you on the reg. This guy is the definition of acquaintanceYou’ve only met/hung out once and it was just a kinda “meh” time. Maybe it was at a party or perhaps on the train. Either way, he still texts you after all these years just to say hey. Occasionally he’ll slip in a suggestion to get together, but you both know it would be too awkward considering how much time has passed since you hung out that one time.
  3. The one you admitted your feelings to. This guy was the object of your affection for awhile. In fact, you loved him so much that you marched right up to him and told him so. Unfortunately, your advances weren’t reciprocated. He’s actually kinda weirded out by you, so now he’s been thrown in your “could have been” pile. Oh well.
  4. The one who made sense on paper. You met this guy online and he seemed like a perfect match for you. He likes all the same TV shows. He hates Chinese food. He’s pretty much you, except male. You’re super excited about it, but once you meet up, you realize that his personality sucks. You give him a second chance solely on his online profile, but alas — it wasn’t meant to be.
  5. The one you friend-zoned. This guy fell head over heels the second he saw you. You liked him too — but only as a friend. When he asked you out, you told him that you’re not into him romantically and that you really value the friendship you have going. He understood, yet he still asks you out every now and then just to see if you’ve changed your mind. You haven’t, but the more he asks, the more you start considering it.
  6. The one who likes to play games. This guy always seems to be unavailable. He’ll wait three days to text you back or he’ll pretend to not be that into you in order to get you more invested in him. You liked him at first but started to lose patience with his behavior. It’s not that he’s a bad guy or anything, you’re just too old for games.
  7. The one who dated your friend. This guy is technically off-limits, but you still think about what could have been every now and then. He’s asked you out before and you had to turn him down because your friendship with his ex is more important to you. There’s chemistry there, it just sucks that you can’t act on it.
  8. The one who doesn’t understand the world “no.” This guy will NOT leave you alone. You might have gone on a few dates and left it at that but he still hasn’t got the hint that you aren’t interested in him — even after telling him multiple times that you don’t want to date him. He blows up your phone every now and then just to see if you’ll change your mind. You consider going out with him, but he’s starting to seem more and more pathetic the longer he keeps this up.
  9. The one-night stand. He stayed the night and to your surprise, didn’t act super weird and distant in the morning. The two of you made plans to hang out again and it seemed like the beginning of a new relationship, but now all he does is sext you. So much for that.
  10. The one who’s emotionally unavailableThis guy thrives on “casual” because that’s all he can handle. You couldn’t continue dating him because he wouldn’t open up to you. It felt like he had all these secrets and it made you not trust him. He has some growing up to do. Maybe in a few years you’ll reconvene and have that relationship you were meant to have, but it’s next to impossible when someone isn’t ready.
  11. The one who ghosted you. Where’d you go, man? You had all the makings of a new relationship; you stayed over at his place, he stayed over at yours. You shared your deepest feelings and thoughts with each other. You went on dates, did fun things together and then BAM — not a single word. Obviously, this guy didn’t want to be with you but you can’t help but wonder what might have been…
  12. The one who came at the wrong time. When you met this guy, you thought, “Wow!” An instant connection was formed. It felt like you’ve known each other for years. Despite this very deep knowingness that the two of you should be together, it doesn’t mean you will because as we all know, life gets in the way. If he showed up six months earlier, you would have been in the right head space to start a relationship, but you just aren’t right now — and it’s one of the most heartbreaking things ever.
Jennifer is a playwright, dancer, and theatre nerd living in the big city of Toronto, Canada. She studied Creative Writing at Concordia University and works as a lifestyle writer who focuses on Health, B2B, Tech, Psychology, Science, Food Trends and Millennial Life. She's also a coreographer, playwright, and lyricist, with choreography credits for McMaster University’s “Spring Awakening,” “Roxanne” for the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, and “The Beaver Den” for The LOT, among others.

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