Updated: February 3, 2023
There are a few reasons why a guy may be pretending not to like you or playing down his interest. He might think you’re taken, or you wouldn’t be interested in him. If you’re co-workers or classmates or even just really good friends, he may worry about potential awkwardness if his feelings got out.
1. He’s always teasing you
It’s the classic example dating all the way back to pre-school! The guy that always seems to give you attention but in the form of teasing or pranking, rather than telling you how great you are. If a guy seems to spend extra time teasing you specifically, this could be one of the signs he’s pretending not to like you, but secretly does.
2. He takes interest in your dating life (but never talks about his)
Do you have a guy friend who is always asking you about your dating life or significant other? This could be one of the signs he’s pretending not to like you as more than a friend. Chances are, he may be particularly interested in your love life because he wants to see if you’re single or going to be single anytime soon.
3. He’s always checking up on you
Even if he’s not always asking you about your current boo; if he’s constantly asking you about your new job, your tough classes, how you’re adjusting to your new apartment, etc., it means he cares. Not only because he’s asking, but because he remembered the details and then remembered to ask!
4. He seems to always be around
This may be his way of getting to spend time with you while making it seem casual and not actually having to ask you on a proper date. However, unless there’s a circumstance in which he might want to avoid coming on too strong (for example you’re seeing someone), this might be a red flag depending on your preferences.
5. He jokes about you two being together
This sign probably means the most. If he makes jokes such as, “if we were married, you’d probably nag me all the time about my cigar smoking,” or “too bad we aren’t just dating, would save us both the trouble of these dang dating apps,” he’s definitely into you at least a little bit, even if he’s not ready to admit it yet.
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