10 Signs You’re Headed for the Friend Zone Instead of a Romantic Relationship

Regardless of whether you’ve experienced heartbreak in the past, realizing you’re not your beloved’s top priority is devastating. It may feel breakup, or perhaps it just feels like you’ve been put on the back burner. Whatever the case, it’s possible you’re well on your way to the friend zone.

For some, the introduction into the friend zone happens before any sort of romantic connection has even occurred. And for others, it’s the first stop on your long-term relationship’s breakup tour. If any of these signs sound familiar, there’s a good chance you’re headed straight for it, which means it may be time to assess.

1. You’ll do anything to please them on a whim

Frozen food in the refrigerator

You don’t just make their favorite meals, you make sure they have plenty of options for days to come. | iStock.com/BravissimoS

Wanting to make your partner happy is to be expected, but if you’re not actually in a romantic relationship, your overly helpful actions will easily skirt the line of being friend-zoned. Elite Daily draws upon the example of going out to dinner. If a person is just a friend, you both have no problem spotting one another from time to time. If a person is in the friend zone (meaning only one person wants something more), however, you’ll do more than just ask what they want for dinner: You’ll cook up your crush’s favorite meal at the mere mention of it. And if they need a ride somewhere? You jump at the chance, no matter how busy you are.

This kind of overly willing behavior clearly doesn’t make for an equal partnership, which means it’s time to face the facts. You’ve been friend-zoned.

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