Honestly, I think friend zoning is stupid. If a guy/girl said no. It means no. They don't like you. Don't get mad and try to call it something else. Move the fuck on. Not every guy or girl is going to like you. So it does not mean you're friend zoned, it means they just don't like you, ans if that's what they want, that's what they want.
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This is true, but research on the mere-proximity effect shows that the primary predictor of relationship formation isn't personality-meshing, but rather how much time is spent together. Based on this, some smart guys realized that a girl could reject a long-term friend and start going out with a guy she only just met.
The phenomenon is referred to as 'friend-zoning'. Some girls will tend to form a support network with male friends (as well as female friends) over time and are reluctant to change that network, lest they suddenly need to fall back on it. In layman's terms, 'friend-zoning' is when a girl won't date a guy because she's afraid it will ruin their friendship.
Still, though, most guys who bring up 'friend-zones' really have no idea what they're talking about. Most of the time the guy just doesn't deal with rejection well.2