Have you ever friend-zoned someone? | The Tylt

Have you ever friend-zoned someone?

The dating game is complicated. Not the least complicated aspect is wondering whether or not a person’s into you in the first place. What if the coffee they asked you to get with them was just that—a coffee? Not a date, just a casual hangout. Christ, what if you just got friend-zoned, the dreaded hyphenated death sentence of the dating world? Before you get all sad, take a step back and be honest—friend-zoning is something everyone’s done. Or maybe you’re just a peach and haven’t. Have you?

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Emotions are like the tide—they’re controlled by the moon. Not where you saw that sentence going and also not true? Good. Anyway, emotions can’t be controlled, is the gist of it all. You can’t force yourself to like someone, or vice-versa, so if someone you’re not really into ends up having a crush on you, you can’t (shouldn’t) lead them on. Best to zone that friend, pal.

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Friend-zoning is the alternative to leading someone on. When you think about it, it’s actually a very honest strategy. You don’t want someone thinking you’re on the same page, thereby crushing them even more when they find out your true feelings. You let them know right off the bat there’s no romance in your relationship—it really is just Netflix and chill.

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Friend-zoning is honesty, period. If someone confronts you and exposes their feelings, you have to let them know that you don’t really return their feelings, right? It was all misconstrued on their end. Just hope you didn’t let them pay for dinner. 

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Friend-zoning can be pretty rude, especially if the uninterested party really milks it, you know? Take Zooey Deschanel’s character, Summer, in “500 Days of Summer”—she and Joseph Gordon Levitt hang out at Ikea, see movies, and have friggin’ shower sex together, only for her to drop the “F” word—“friends”—on him way into their “relationship.” Come on, Summer, no one’s that naïve. You just liked the attention.  

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Actually, one could argue that friend-zoners are just that: attention-seekers. You know on some level when a person has a crush on you: even if you eventually have to tell them you’re just their friend, there’s a strong likelihood you were flirting with them on one level to get them there in the first place. Hence, if you controlled yourself just a little bit, you’d never have to friend-zone in the first place. 

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Never having to friend-zone someone means you were very upfront with your emotions in the first place. That’s the key to all relationships, from the platonic to the romantic: transparency. Or just, please, for the love of God, don’t be a Summer.  

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