Pushing your guy past “just good friends”

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Today’s goo Ranking looks at the issue of how to prod your good friend or casual date into declaring their love for you, for both women pushing men and men pushing women.

Demographics

Over the 29th of February and the 1st of March 2012 1,175 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 61.4% of the sample were female, 10.0% in their teens, 16.5% in their twenties, 29.3% in their thirties, 24.1% in their forties, 10.6% in their fifties, and 9.5% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

I’m not sure how good any of these moves are, as for my part I did the number one male action with my wife two or three times, although knowing her better now, she probably used a few of the female tricks below to manouvre me into the situation where I unwittingly had to make a move!

Ranking results

Q: What actions would you take to get your reluctant male friend to declare his love for you? (Sample size=721, female)

Rank Score
1Work out a situation where we can be alone together after class, doing overtime, etc100
2Increase the frequency of physical contact81.1
3Just calmly and patiently wait79.2
4Make him sweat by being distant72.6
5Just give up and declare my love for him70.3
6Invite him to a restaurant with a good atmosphere67.9
7Invite him round to my house37.7
8Try saying “Will we forever be just this way?”35.8
9Gently snuggle up and look at him with eyes that want him to say something34.4
10Make him sweat by praising another guy29.7
11Make him sweat by telling him about other people who have declared their love29.2
12=Invite him on a trip for just the two of us25.0
12=Watch a romantic drama together25.0
14Stare enviously at other couples21.7
15Pass a message to him via a third pary that I’m waiting for him19.3

Q: What actions would you take to get your reluctant female friend to declare her love for you? (Sample size=454, male)

Rank Score
1Just give up and declare my love for her100
2Invite her to a restaurant with a good atmosphere92.3
3Work out a situation where we can be alone together after class, doing overtime, etc66.0
4Invite her round to my house59.6
5Invite her on a trip for just the two of us59.0
6Just calmly and patiently wait54.5
7Increase the frequency of physical contact32.1
8Make her sweat by being distant31.4
9Try saying “Will we forever be just this way?”14.7
10Pass a message to him via a third pary that I’m waiting for her14.1
11=Watch a romantic drama together12.8
11=Make her sweat by praising another girl12.8
13Ask “Is there something you want to say to me?” to arouse her interest11.5
14Stare enviously at other couples9.0
15Gently snuggle up and look at her with eyes that want her to say something8.3
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