There is a sociological theory called ‘The Power of Least Interest’. You don’t have to research this theory to understand it, because you’re living it. It basically describes relationships where one person is more committed than the other. The person with the least interest in the relationship knows they have to power and recognizes that they can use this lack of interest to manipulate the other person. The one who doesn’t have the power becomes hungry for that attention, and feeds into this painful dynamic.

If the person you’re dating often ignores your calls or flirts in front of you, then they are just not that into you, and you’re stuck in the power dynamic described above. But you already knew that. These signs are obvious.

So, what about the not-so-obvious signs? The ones that, when you’re totally infatuated with that other person, seem to fall in some sort of grey area. If you let these signs go unrecognized or make excuses for them, you’ll eventually find yourself totally caught up in a flimsy, one-way “relationship” where you’re going to get your heart broken.

 

Here are the top 10 signs to look out for when trying to decide if the person you’re dating genuinely likes you back…

1. Constantly the Phone While You’re Together

At the dinner table, on the couch, in the car – it doesn’t matter. Not only is burying their nose in their phone disrespectful, but it says a lot about how much they value their time with you. If their phone is more exciting than spending time with you, then you need to reevaluate your connection.

 

2. Reads Your Messages But Doesn’t Respond

How often do you message the other person just to have them read it and ignore you? Sure, things come up. Maybe they’re at work and can’t reply to you until that meeting is over or maybe you aren’t a priority on their list. If your crush is constantly lagging when it comes to responding to your messages while you’re super excited to receive messages from them, then there is a definite imbalance when it comes to your interest in each other.

 

3. Constantly Interrupts You

Some people are just bad listeners, which is a huge character flaw that we’ll get into another day. However, when someone is really into you, they want to get to know everything about you! They want to hear how your day was and they respect your thoughts and want to hear your opinion. These people let you finish a sentence and want to hear your thoughts – if not, then you might need to rethink your commitment…

 

4. Don’t Ask Questions About You

What food do you like? How many siblings do you have? What did you study in university? If your partner doesn’t know the answers to the most basic of questions, then there is a big red flag signifying that they don’t really care to get to know you. Go ahead and give them a little test; you know what to do if they fail.

 

5. Doesn’t Initiate Contact

There should be give-and-take in any relationship, especially when it comes to communication. Are you the one that is always messaging first? If so, that essentially means that your crush is simply replying to messages instead of actually seeking conversation with you. Go a little silent and give the other person the opportunity to write you first for a change.

 

6. Only Calls After 2AM

The bars have closed, and your crush didn’t get lucky, so he or she calls you to come over. That, my friends, is what we refer to as a booty call. Just because it happens more than once doesn’t mean that you are some sort of favorite; it means that you are just a convenient option. This should really make you reevaluate the ‘relationship.’

 

7. You’ve Never Met Any Friends or Family

In the beginning, you two might be keeping things on the low down. But after at least two months, if your crush still is refusing to overlap ‘you time’ with ‘friend time’, then you need to recognize that this person doesn’t visualize moving forward with this relationship, and is compartmentalizing his or her relationships. This is might not be someone you can build a future with.

 

8. They Aren’t Affectionate in Public

Listen, some people aren’t into PDA and that’s completely okay (sometimes even preferable). We aren’t saying that public make outs and butt grabs are necessary to determine whether or not your crush really likes you. But if there is a big difference between how your crush treats you in private and how they treat you in public – then something is up. Try something small like holding their hand or a kiss on the cheek, and see how they react.

 

9. They Cancel Plans Often

Don’t be a second option: you’re the priority! If your crush often makes vague plans with you and seems to always come up for a fantastic reason to cancel – it’s probably because they found something better to do. You’re always going to stay on the back burner if you allow them to keep putting you there.

 

10. Tries to Change You

Never let the person your dating cut you down by telling you that you’re not good enough or that you could be better if you just cut your hair or if your laugh was a little different. These suggestions of change start small but can grow into straight up abusive tendencies. You don’t need to change someone you genuinely like, right?

 


 

There is a sociological theory called ‘The Power of Least Interest’. You don’t have to research this theory to understand it, because you’re living it. It basically describes relationships where one person is more committed than the other. The person with the least interest in the relationship knows they have to power and recognizes that they can use this lack of interest to manipulate the other person. The one who doesn’t have the power becomes hungry for that attention, and feeds into this painful dynamic.

Remember the theory we talked about at the beginning of the article? (The Power of Least Interest) So how do you flip the switch in this scenario to where you’re the one with the power? Show a bit less interest. If the person you’re dating isn’t treating you right – don’t look for revenge, just pull back. Don’t be available at the drop of a hat and don’t be the only one sending ‘good morning’ text messages. Don’t go full silent treatment, just show a little restraint and maybe that person will start to see you in a different, more valuable light. And if they don’t then move along because there is absolutely someone out there who will like you back.

 

For more tips and tricks when it comes to online and in real life dating, check out our list of Top 5 Dating Articles.

 

Alexa Weeks
Alexa is a writer, traveler, and self-proclaimed online dating expert from Seattle. From making mistakes, to falling in love, she’s experienced it all. Alexa is here to give you all the tips, insight, and advice you'll ever need in the world of dating and romance.
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  • Barry Lees

    Hi Alexa, Just a quick question. Wondering if you could tell me if ClickDate.net (The Netherlands) is legitimate. I ask because an e-mail came to me with a profile on it (how they got my e-maill is anyones guess) . I responded saying I was too old. She was not put off by that and we have “traded messages for a while and she has suggested meeting and then postponing it. I was doubtful about this from the outset, but kept going. It is very expensive. I would just like to know if the site is a scam, which I suspect. Thanks. Barry

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    • Alexa Weeks

      Hi Barry,

      Thanks for your question, and I hope you enjoyed the article! To answer, first, ClickDate.net is a legitimate dating site. Yet with that said, I would be wary of any messages or matches you receive from a site you did not sign up for. I would double-check to see if you signed up for the site and don’t recall. If you’re sure you don’t have an account, I would be very skeptical, and watch out for scams requiring your credit card information that seem “shady” to you. It may be better to stick with a site you are more comfortable with. All of the dating sites on our site are well-regarded and will help you find a match in no time! I hope I was able to help!

      Good luck,
      Alexa

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