I'm specifically asking girls. If you had a close-ish male friend, who you've known for over a year, but you didn't really know/think that he liked you, how would you react if he suddenly came out and said he did? Or what if he just asked you on a date? Have any of you experienced this?
I'd be in a little bit of a shock especially if I didn't like him in that way and I never saw this coming. It'd be better to go out together more (kinda like dates but not as formal as a date) and just vibe together and see how things work out like that. It might be easier for me to find some kind of romantic attraction to my friend if I hadn't before.
Most of my guy friends I'd be flattered and surprised but would politely turn them down. There were two maybe three that I would have said yes to, because I either found them attractive or had a crush on them.
I would be super flattered but if I don't feel the same I would just straight up tell them that I want to remain friends. They deserve to find someone who feels the same and I don't like leading people on.