With the recent rise in popularity of BKChat (which I am addicted to, like everyone else), I thought it would be a good idea to get a few of my guy friends involved in my blog to share a some opinions on topics a lot of us girls have questions about. For example, do guys really need to pay on first dates? (My answer to this used to be a resounding “yes”, but I’ve definitely come around over the years and realised it’s not really that big of a deal). And also – can guys and girls really be ‘just friends?’…
Q. Should guys pay on a first date?
“In my opinion, questioning whether or not guys ‘should’ pay on the first date is already going down the wrong line. A lot of girls want guys to pay on the first date as though it’ll be some sort of signal as to what’s to come in the relationship, for example – “can this man provide for me?” They use paying to sum up a guy in one hour, but it’s not an honest signal to use and it’s definitely one that can be manipulated very easy. Lots of guys pay on first dates, some guys will even wine, dine girls and spends hundreds on them, but these same guys can have the worst intentions. So if it comes to the question of whether guys should pay, my first answer is that it’s the wrong question to even be asking.”
“It definitely is a nice thing if a guy can pay on the first date, of course, but it’s not at all a necessity, and no one should be ‘required’ to do . I think guys should have the freedom to choose, depending on how they feel on the date (and how much money they have in their pocket) – it really shouldn’t be expected.”
“A lot of guys are used by girls when it comes to paying on dates, and sometimes a guy may pay on a date for a relationship that doesn’t get very far at all, and they’re just left feeling very bitter, so if a guy doesn’t want to pay, I think that’s completely fine. At the end of the day, a guy paying on the first date tells you little to nothing about how your relationship will be with them, and if you’re going to dismiss guys for not paying, then you’ll probably find it hard to meet anyone decent.”
Q. Can men and women be just friends?
“Men and women can be just friends, of course, but it’s a different kind of friendship. In my opinion, there will most likely be some type of underlying ‘energy’ between every male and female, and that’s what makes us interact differently. For example, the way I act when I’m around my boys, is definitely not the way I act when I’m around any of my female friends (and I’m sure it goes the other way round).”
“Guys are usually going to be the ones that see things as more than a ‘friendship’, I’m not sure what it is, but guys seem to be more easily swayed in that direction, whereas girls are happy to have numerous boy-‘besties’.”
“In terms of how the friendship goes, it depends on the people in the situation, for example if you’ve spent your life at a boys-only school, you’re probably not as used to interacting with girls in a way that is purely friendly, as someone else would be that, for example, went to a mixed school. In cases like that, you’d more likely find the whole ‘men and women as friends’ thing a little harder than your counterparties.”
Q. What about in a relationship?
“In terms of a relationship, I feel like there’s less of a place for these type of friendships when you’re with someone else.”
“I think it’s important when you’re single to have some female interactions in your life – it’s healthy, it’s human. But – when you have another half – there’s really not any need to go and accumulate more friends who are girls (for example), it will just lead to issues and jealously in your relationship, which is not really worth it.”