Some Tips For Dating Quiet Guys (like Me)
I am an introverted guy that is attracted to extroverted women. I currently have a great relationship with a woman who gets me, but previously, I found that many extroverted girls actually have no clue how to try to relate to a guy like me even if they say they really like me, which is kind of a shame. So I thought I'd share some thoughts. These are actually all the things that I told an old girlfriend one time, which she could never get her head around. (Disclaimer: OK so I have no actual experience in picking up men, sue me.)
You could meet me anywhere except places you go specifically to pick up guys. (The problem with those is that they are, uh, full of guys looking to pick up?)
I do not have a 'gang'. I have friends. I like my friends.
Trying to figure out my patterns / in-jokes with other people, and then copying them, is a waste of your time and makes you look desperate. Sorry.
If you want to flirt with me, touching me on the arm or hand is a fine place to start. I like that.
I do not particularly like banter / payouts as a way of flirting. It makes it seem like you aren't confident enough to be nice, or that you are worried you'll get rejected and are protecting yourself. I'm not really interested in that.
Just because I am quiet does not mean I'm judging you.
Talk about things you like. Don't talk about things you think I like, that you are not actually interested in at all. For example, do not pretend you like Everton FC and then ask who David Moyes is. You do not have to share all my interests to get to know me.
Asking me lots of questions in a row is often a bad idea, especially if the answers to the first few are: "Uh, not really...no." You should take this as a clear indication that I have nothing to say about that subject. If I have something to say I will probably say it.
Please don't continually interrupt me and then worry that I am not saying anything. If you want me to talk, listen when I do. I don't actually mind being interrupted except that people always get clingy and awkward afterwards.
In particular, try not to interrupt me to ask me questions about the exact thing I was in the middle of talking about. It is very annoying and makes you look like a total dufus.
Talking about yourself a lot is OK, but don't blabber and over-share at me, and then get insecure that I do not like you when I do not say much in response. I'm probably just thinking about how nice your hair smells or something.
Periods of silence do not mean I am bored. If I am bored I will do something about it.
If you want to pay for dinner, pay for it. If you want me to pay, ask me. Please do not stand around saying, "um, well, we could go halves if you want, or I could pay, or you could, if you want, whatever, no wait, what do you think?" It makes me want to run screaming.
PLEASE do not ask me what I want, and then argue with me because you actually wanted something else and I was supposed to read your mind. I HATE it. If I want to do something specific, I'll say. If I'm happy doing what you want, I'll do it.
When you are happy and relaxed and confident and smile and laugh, it makes me want to buy you stuff.
Please talk to me about your weird childhood fantasies about Mr Hooper / your plan to climb Mt Kilimanjaro / your obscure hatred of Siamese cats, etc. I love that sort of stuff.
Yes, I will get up on the ladder and fix your light-bulb because I am tall. Do not thank me like, eight times, it's annoying.
Asking me if I like your new dress is a good idea. If I say you look nice, I mean it. Try it with perfume, too.
Don't ask me if I am sure about things all the time. I am quiet, not unconfident or uncertain.
Yes, I will probably come around and tell you what I think of your portfolio / wardrobe / choice of paint colours / etchings / new playlist / collection of model trains, and if I say yes, it means I like you.
Of course, if we've been hanging out for a while and you just relax, I'll probably ask you out, and save you all this trouble!