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
1 Work out a situation where we can be alone together after class, doing overtime, etc 100
2 Increase the frequency of physical contact 81.1
3 Just calmly and patiently wait 79.2
4 Make him sweat by being distant 72.6
5 Just give up and declare my love for him 70.3
6 Invite him to a restaurant with a good atmosphere 67.9
7 Invite him round to my house 37.7
8 Try saying “Will we forever be just this way?” 35.8
9 Gently snuggle up and look at him with eyes that want him to say something 34.4
10 Make him sweat by praising another guy 29.7
11 Make him sweat by telling him about other people who have declared their love 29.2
12= Invite him on a trip for just the two of us 25.0
12= Watch a romantic drama together 25.0
14 Stare enviously at other couples 21.7
15 Pass a message to him via a third pary that I’m waiting for him 19.3

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

Rank   Score
1 Just give up and declare my love for her 100
2 Invite her to a restaurant with a good atmosphere 92.3
3 Work out a situation where we can be alone together after class, doing overtime, etc 66.0
4 Invite her round to my house 59.6
5 Invite her on a trip for just the two of us 59.0
6 Just calmly and patiently wait 54.5
7 Increase the frequency of physical contact 32.1
8 Make her sweat by being distant 31.4
9 Try saying “Will we forever be just this way?” 14.7
10 Pass a message to him via a third pary that I’m waiting for her 14.1
11= Watch a romantic drama together 12.8
11= Make her sweat by praising another girl 12.8
13 Ask “Is there something you want to say to me?” to arouse her interest 11.5
14 Stare enviously at other couples 9.0
15 Gently snuggle up and look at her with eyes that want her to say something 8.3
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