I went out recently with my crush, some of my friends and some of his friends, at the end of the night when he was saying bye he put his hand out to shake mine. I have told him I like him. Would you do this if you liked the girl back. SHY GUYS ONLY.
As a shy guy, I would probably be more likely to smile and wave goodbye...unless the girl initiated something else, like a hug.
But every guy is different. I could see how a more formal guy, who wasn't sure what to do, might end up shaking your hand instead.
The hand shake indicates uncertainty, like he didn't know if this was like a date...or if this was the first time he'd had a chance to be with you, he doesn't know what the next step is. It could even mean he's still processing everything.
It could, of course, also mean something negative, like he's not that comfortable stepping outside of the friendship territory with you, or doesn't see you that way.
But it certainly doesn't have to mean that. You have to look at other signs to see if he's telling you he's not comfortable being more than a friend, or if he likes you but he's a bit confused about how to proceed because he's shy.
It seems like he is unsure on modern dating etiquette, young and has a strong religious upbringing. He WAS trying to be a gentleman. You may have to make the first move or first 100. Give him a chance, talk to him. Lip lock him.
I actually would do that, I know it does not show interest as much as a kiss or a hug, but that is what I would do. I would rather she hug first. I don't know if this helps if it does not or you want more info just post a comment on this answer and I shall respond.
Only time I shake a girl's hand is if it's the first time meeting each other. After that I go for a hug and peck on the cheek for greeting and goodbye. If I was really interested, Id probably hug them really tight and give them a nice wet one on the cheek, then look the other way after the hug so they don't see that my face is bright red. >.>
Hmm shaking a girl's hand is pretty polite. Doesn't mean much tbh.
What is your definition of shy? How do you know if he is really shy? Esp. when you already told him you like him?
Why don't you just be more proactive about him? It's way easier for girls to make things happen imo. I don't think he's going to resist if you toned up your aggressiveness in your pursuit (unlike for guys the other way around - unless there was some serious blemish on your part, or he is super picky... which would be uncommon for guys imo).
he isn't clear either way , this hand shake could be friendly or could be more , there is no way of knowing for sure . he is leaving a lot of potential options here and only he knows . maybe his body language at time could explain this further