The friend zone is a place where sparks go to die instead of fly. On the internet, it’s defined as “a metaphorical hell for men” and needless to say, it’s not exactly a desirable situation to be in.

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And while no one wants to end up in the friend zone, there are a few reasons why it’s a super common scenario to find yourself in. Maybe you never made your romantic intentions clear from the get-go, you were perfectly content being friends (until you caught some feelings) or maybe you’ve just been too petrified to make a move, playing it safe and accepting your friend role. The good news about all of this? There are ways to make a change.

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