The best dating advice I’ve ever seen.

From an old ask metafilter thread that I randomly found myself reading.


How can you tell if a girl likes you?

Yeah, yeah, stupid question. Yeah, yeah, there are a bajillion answers online. Most of them consist of “if she asks you out to dinner or initiates physical contact, she probably likes you”

Thanks, Captain Obvious.

I grew up with many sisters, yet I remain seemingly clueless when it comes to females. Really.

Example: One girl in a small group thingy I’m in I catch staring at me during meetings. When I catch her eye she looks away immediately. A minute later I look back and she’s looking at me again. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Answer, from a wise person going under the handle xo:

It’s not easy to arrange, but here’s how you tell:

Have someone bring a puppy into the room. If her staring switches to the puppy, she was just resting her eyes on you (but maybe because she likes your looks at least). If she looks at the puppy and then looks at you to see how you look looking at the puppy, then she likes you.

That is brilliant. I am seriously going to try this at some point.


7 Responses to “The best dating advice I’ve ever seen.”

  1. Jens Fiederer Says:

    What you really want to know is NOT whether a woman really likes you (she probably does), but just HOW she likes you.

    In my experience,even if she sends you topless pictures of herself she probably STILL only likes you “as a friend.”

  2. Mike Says:

    Or get out of the beta framework. Make girls wonder if you like them.

  3. Michael Drake Says:

    It might also be a good sign if after looking at the puppy she begins fellating you.

  4. Paul Gowder Says:

    Not in my experience, Michael.

  5. Jens Fiederer Says:

    Eh, it’s OK if they only like me as a friend, I suppose. Wondering about the other stuff is mostly idle curiosity.

    “Catch and release” programs probably don’t work too well with women, and my wife won’t let me keep any spares.

  6. Paul Gowder Says:

    Distract your wife with a puppy. Clearly, puppies are the solution to all of these problems.

  7. Jens Fiederer Says:

    Not a good idea. There’s a chance she would tolerate an especially cute puppy, but it’s risky – she fears animals.

    Took the kids to a petting zoo once, had to leave her trembling outside.

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