Why don't very many guys ask girls on dates anymore?

I mean like REAL dates. Like where they plan everything out and make it all cute. It seems like when a guy is interested in a girl, they always just "hang out" with her.

Why don't guys ask girls on real dates anymore?

Is it just my age group?


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  • Unfortunately, a lot of guys aren't taught from an early age, by parents and others, to be chivalrous and protective of women. The "women are the same as men" mentality doesn't help, either! Women are the same as men in abilities, but not the same biologically. As much as a lot of women would like to deny it, there are physiological differences between the sexes. The point I'm trying to make here, is that society, in the name of equality, has blurred these differences. Therefore guys are brought up to treat girls the same as guys. This is what has almost killed chivalry and that "women need protected" feeling in men. Why protect someone who is equally able to do it yourselves? This is translated into letting women open their own doors, walk where they want to on the sidewalk (those who know old-time chivalry will get that one), and the '"who needs to worry about a date?"attitude. I know I'm treading on thin ice here, and I apologize if my comments have offended any women out there! From what I've seen, you guys are much superior to us guys intellectually, anyway!

    • Good points.. I wish so many women wouldn't confuse guys being gentleman with them "treating them differently"

      I personally love it when guys open doors for me and all that cute stuff!

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  • It seems to me that there's a danger of overdoing things. Unless we are talking about dating within an established relationship, a guy puts himself in danger of coming on too strongly.

    When I was younger I tried the approach of putting together a full date, bringing flowers, being that type of guy. Totally bad results.

    I think the difference comes down to this: would you want a guy whom you're mildly interested in to go all out? Most guys have been in that spot with some girl, tried the full-on Gatsby approach, and been rejected. And being rejected when you truly tried your best is way worse than when you didn't. The thing is when considering dating and what guys should do, women often think about what the hot, attractive guy should do, forgetting the others who did do that but lacked the right I don't know whatever you women look for and refer to as "confidence. "

    • Interesting. I see :)

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    • Well, I'm not even talking about the whole shebang with flowers and dressing nice and a pricey restaurant. I just mean guys actually asking "would you like to go out with me? " then doing something that's pretty much seen as a date (i. E. Dinner but not an extremely pricey one, movie, etc. )

    • Oh, then it's too minimalistic for me to understand either. I still go on regular dates and figured most other guys do too.

  • What do you consider a "real" date? is it when the guy showers you with gifts?

    Is there a monetary limit? Do you actually logically go through your mind and say "ok if he spends more than 300 bucks on me tonight, its officially a date."


    Is it simply what the guy calls it. Is it that he just verbally says "hanging out?" or "lets go out."

    If that's the case then get over yourself.

    Women do this same stuff whenever they get involved sexually. "i never do this I swear." and whenever they agree to go up to someones place and see his pet rock.

    Its a less invasive, less formal, less pressured, way of saying "id like to spend time with you."

  • I asked the crush of my life to a concert, and then slowed it down to a movie. Does that count? It just is bad because most guys myself included feel OK look I want to take you to this concert. Some girls like various music yet when I get shot down in favor of some guy who drinks, smokes or is just a machistic idiot it makes me feel like why should I even bother?

    Or I ask and she say's yes but doesn't call me up afterwards to say hey whatever happened to that concert or movie you wanted to take me to? It's like look if you don't like me just say no. Don't play with my emotions.

  • Well you also have to look at the psycho-social implications of "asking a girl out" vs. "hanging out" with on. In today's culture girls play a lot more complicated games with guys. You can't ask a girl on a "date" and call it that to her face, not unless you are really confident she will say yes otherwise it can come off as way too strong. Not to mention it adds more pressure during the date. Gone are the times where you court a girl formally. With the rise of feminism to it's current levels we men are forced to "give the girls options" by asking them to hang out, giving them the opportunity to say "I'm busy" instead of a simple no thank you allowing them to save face.

    Not to mention for some reason the lingo has changed back when I was growing up a relationship was serious and dating was casual. Yet ask some couples today who have been together for a year and they will tell you they are "dating" and not "in a relationship. " Dating to me is casual and going on multiple dates. I used to ask girls out on dates, and either get rejected or if the girl didn't want to go on another one she would become the busiest person I know. Yet if you are just hanging out, it's more acceptable to be "busy" all the time. Basically it has made it easier for both genders to get out of it while being extremely non-confrontational or direct about the situation. This has become very prevailing in America lately.

  • Simple risk reward. Better to start things with low commitment, easy yes/no decision all round.

    If she says no, no great time or cost has gone into arrangements, so no feeling of why did I waste all that time/effort/cost for him, no feeling bad for her about him wasting a lot of the same.

    If she says yes, no huge receipt by her so no pressure to put out. If she says yes, but doesn't want to hang again, or is interested in friend zone hanging then he doesn't feel he overdid it to start something nice, but perhaps not what he hoped for with her.

    The expectation that a lavish date should be sexually reciprocated gets in the way of older friend relationships where there is a difference of economic power. For example I'd like to treat some of my less well off platonic girl friends to gig tickets, separate room weekends away etc simply because it is more fun to do some things in company than alone.

    I am not trying to buy pu$$y but sometimes when I suggest trips etc the reception from people who know where we both stand can be awkward because of this undercurrent.

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What Girls Said 6

  • Women are more independent nowadays and sometimes get offended if the guy does all the thinking for her. So I think that being aware of this makes guys more cautious when it comes to chivalry. And when you like someone, just hanging out isn't always a bad thing. It's a more comfortable environment with not as many awkward silences lol hope this helps

    • Yeah I totally agree, I just sometimes wish more guys would plan real dates you know? I have no problem with hanging out getting to know someone, but I guess I must just be a little old fashioned in wanting a genuine date :P

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    • Thanks for the advice girl! :)

    • Very good points! Well said!

  • I agree with lovebird01.


    Some guys are just looking to get laid and would rather not bother spending money on a girl he doesn't plan on really dating, so "hanging out" is the better option.

    (not to offend the men. But there are a lot of people out there like that. Guys and girls,but especially guys).

    • Typically most men want to spend money on a woman, but they realize that it puts them in the role of the provider, which typically means no sex. Typically girls won't spend money on a man, firstly because men won't let them, and secondly many of them feel entitled to the money. Its not the spending money on the woman that we don't like, its their feeling of entitlement. Its also the feeling of throwing away money on a strange woman that could turn out to be a psycho.

    • There is a very low percentage, very very low of men who actually use women and not spend any money on them, because they just want sex, and nothing else. Typically though you can figure out who these men are by their actions, past actions and how they are treating the woman, and other people. Sometimes you can tell with your womans intuition, but id suggest you study his actions too, because sometimes that female instinct can be wrong.

    • Lastly one of the reasons, the biggest one that guys do that is because you are not a good enough woman for him to consider spending money on. This has to do with your attitude and how fun you are, not just your looks. Its not the mans fault that he's not spending money on her, two people are involved in a relationship, sometimes people just don't work out well together. Lets face it, the man is leading and he's making decisions, if he decides you are worth the investment, he will spend money.

  • No. It's this generation. The problem is like someone mentioned earlier. Feminism killed the chivalrous mentality that men once had. Many guys today feel that since women are equal in climbing the corporate ladders and joining the military that the women are also more likely to pursue the guys and many of these women follow suit. A lot of them feel that if a woman is interested, she'll make the first move. Don't be fooled by my avatar. I may have served and I may be wearing the uniform in the picture however, this does not contradict the fact that I still have old school values in terms of romance. This is likely why I'm 31 years old and still single.

    I think that there are still many guys who prefer the old fashioned courtship as well but they are hard for us to find. Blame feminism for that. Don't get me wrong, I think that the feminist movement was awesome because of the numerous opportunities that it has opened up for women however, I feel that in turn it did kind of kill chivalry. Some women think that it's condescending and chauvinistic for a man to hold a door open for a woman rather than it being a sign of a proper upbringing on his part or even him just trying to be nice. While I'm in no hurry to return to the days where women didn't have these opportunities, I actually think it's kind of nice when a man holds a door open for me. For me personally, that's a turn on.

  • "hanging out" entails so much less pressure than going on a date. Personally, it's less stressful when it doesn't seem like a huge deal. I'd hate to have to say no to a second date, but it's easy to avoid hanging out again. Stops from feelings getting hurt though, well. As much anyway.

  • because they just aren't bothered enough of the time.

    its too hard for them to compete with the cute dates in tv and movies, so they give up and drag us along to the latest action thriller at the cinema

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