There is an old saying that the best friends make for the best partners. That saying is probably true. The types of qualities you look for in a friend are often similar to the kinds of qualities that you want in a relationship. Sometimes, people even become friends because of their physical attraction. Your friend might have liked you as more than a friend to start with, but never made a move because he is afraid of hurting your friendship. If you think that your friend might have a crush on you, look for the following signs a guy likes you more than a friend.
18 Signs a Guy Likes You More Than a Friend
1. He Cannot Seem to Keep His Hands Off of You
When you like someone, it is only natural that you would want to be around them as much as possible. You want to be close to them physically, emotionally and mentally. If a guy likes you as more than a friend, then he is going to find excuses to be physically close to you. He might lean over to pick lint off of your sweater or gently touch your elbow when he wants your attention. Your friend might also stand close to you and lean in as you tell a story. He might go out of his way to find excuses for giving you a hug. When he does hug you, it seems like he never wants the hug to end.
2. He Wants to Know Everything About You
If a guy likes you as more than a friend, he will naturally want to know everything about you. He might ask you stories about your childhood or about your favorite hobbies. It’s normal for people to be polite and ask questions, but his behavior will go beyond just being polite. When you tell him a story, he will ask you more questions about it. He will want to know everything that you love or hate. As you try to decide if this is one of the signs a guy likes you more than a friend, look at how his behavior compares to your other friends. If he is more engaged and curious than the rest of your friends, then he probably likes you romantically.
3. He Pays Attention to Your Social Media
This is another potential sign that a guy might like you as more than a friend. When he is online, he pays attention to everything you post. He might leave a comment or just like it. If he is physically attracted to you, his comments might be about how cute you look in the picture. A guy will probably act the same way in all of his communication with you. He will call or text you all the time and compliment you whenever he sees you in person.
This is not always the case though. There are some guys who dislike social media, so they might not ever notice anyone’s pictures online. If your guy doesn’t like using social media, then his behavior online probably doesn’t mean anything one way or another.
4. He Locks Eyes With You
One of the biggest ways to know if a guy likes you as more than a friend is by his eye contact. When someone likes you, they look into your eyes. Even when you are not nearby, his eyes will follow you from across the room. When he does make eye contact, he will either blush and turn away or hold your gaze with his.
5. He Finds Excuses to Talk to You
It isn’t always easy to ind an excuse to talk to someone you like without seeming weird. When a guy likes you, he will try to find every excuse that he can to talk to you. He might send you a text in the morning or ask you to hang out with him and a group of friends. If you mention that you like hiking, he might start talking about his hiking trip that weekend in the hopes that you will ask him to come along. No matter what you do or say during the day, he will go out of his way to find a way to talk to you and get to know you better.
6. He Tries to Contact You
Another sign that he might like you is by initiating contact. Whenever he has free time, he asks you if you want to hang out. At the very least, he sends you a text or an instant message without you having to send him one first. This sign is true if he does it often and if those contacts lead to face-to-face meetings. If he only messages you every once in a while, he might just see you as a friend. Likewise, if he only talks to you via text, then he might just be messaging because he is bored. If he frequently initiates texts and tries to get you to hang out with him, then he probably likes you.
7. He Works to Impress You
When you like someone, you naturally want them to notice you and think well of you. Guys are just the same. He will do everything he can to impress you and make you think well of him. Even if there is a problem or an issue, he will try to cast himself in the best light so that he does not lose your respect. There is a difference between trying to impress you and being conceited. If he just seems like he is conceited or bragging, move on. If it genuinely seems like he likes you and just wants you to think well of him, then you might have relationship material on your hands.
8. He Remembers All of the Little Details
You only have so much memory space in your mind. When you talk to people, it is impossible to remember every detail about their life or what they like to eat. If your friend remembers your favorite drink or the types of movies you like, then it is because he cares. He might be just a really good friend, but it is definitely possible that he really likes you and wants to memorize every little detail about you.
9. He Talks Differently About You
Another way to see if he likes you as more than a friend is by how he talks to you and about you. Look at how he treats his other female friends. If he is just as friendly and flirty with them, then he might just see you as another friend. If he only flirts with you and treats you differently, then he probably likes you. Look at his body language. Does he lean in when he talks to them? Does he make excuses to touch them? Is he especially attentive to them? If he treats you different than anyone else, then it is definitely possible that he likes you.
10. You Catch Him Staring at You
Obviously, there is a difference between staring because you like someone and staring because you are creepy. If his stares make you uncomfortable, walk away. If he blushes and turns away when you catch him staring, then he probably likes you. It is extremely difficult to keep your eyes off of someone you like. You can feel their presence as soon as you enter the room, and your eyes are constantly drawn to them. If he likes you, then you will most likely catch him staring at you without any obvious reason for his behavior.
11. He Tries to Hang Out With You One-on-One
It is extremely hard to make a move or get to know your crush better when you are always in a group. If you want to make a move, you need some alone time. When a guy likes you, he might try to ask you to hang out alone. This might be his way of asking you on a date, or he might just want to hang out to get to know you better. Either way, it is definitely possible that he likes you. Keep in mind that it is extremely normal for someone to be shy when they hang out with their crush. It could take him weeks or months to actually make a move because he is afraid that you will reject him. He also might be worried about hurting your friendship, so he may hold off on making a move until he can tell if you like him back or not.
12. He’s Nervous Around You
If you were just friends, he would be able to relax and feel comfortable around you. When he can’t just relax and unwind, then it is because of how he feels. This is especially true if he is someone he feels shy or awkward around a crush. You might catch him blushing when you look at him, or he might stumble over his words constantly. Whatever the behavior, his nervousness is a strong sign that he might have feelings for you.
13. He Gives You Compliments
This sign only works when it happens with other signs on this list. A friend can give you compliments, but someone who likes you will probably give you extra compliments than normal. He might tell you that he likes your outfit, your intelligence or the way you look. If he does some of the other signs on this list, then it is definitely possible that he has feelings for you.
14. He Feels Jealous
This is another common one of the signs a guy likes you more than a friend. When you like someone, you don’t like seeing other girls flirt with your crush. Your friend could be the same way. Whenever you seem interested in a guy you are talking to, your friend may suddenly seem jealous. It seems like he doesn’t want any guy flirting with you or talking to you other than himself. After you talk to another guy, he might ask you “casual” questions about him to see if you like him or f he has a crush on you. If your friend is jealous of other guys, then there is an excellent chance that he wants to be more than just friends with you.
15. He Stops Talking About Other Women
Unless he is playing some weird mind game to make you jealous, he is not going to tell you about other women. He won’t ask for love advice, and he won’t share how hot he thinks some lady is. If another woman tries to flirt with him, he will do his best to ignore it when you are nearby. When a guy has a crush on you, he wants you to feel like the only person in his life and he will not want any other lady to threaten his chances with you.
16. He Tries to Flirt With You
This is one of the more obvious signs that he might like you. If he flirts with you constantly, then he is most likely interested in you. The only way that this is not a sign that he likes you is if he just flirts with everyone. If he is naturally a flirt, then it might not mean anything. If you are the only person that he flirts with, then he definitely likes you. You can also be completely certain about his feelings if he asks you out. A guy won’t ask someone out on a date unless he likes her on some level. Since he is already a friend, he probably isn’t interested in a one-night stand either.
17. He Always Seems to Be Around
When you like someone, you want to be around them all the time. If your friend has a crush on you, then he is going to go out of his way to be around you. He will make excuses to hang out with you or to do homework together. No matter where you go, he seems to be there. While it is possible that he just really likes you as a friend, it is also quite likely that he wants something more out of the friendship.
18. He Asks People About You
Another way that he might show his real feelings is by how he talks about you to other people. He might be too shy to ask you a lot of questions, but he will ask his friends or your friends about you. When you are around him, his friends may also tease him about you.
While just one of the signs on this list might not mean much, seeing multiple signs a guy likes you more than a friend is definitely a tip-off. When your friend always wants to be around you, pays attention to the little details and stares at you, then you can basically bet that he has romantic feelings for you as well. Now, the only question is how you feel and what you want to do about it.