My boyfriend thinks that I am "too friendly" with other men. I am a very talkative, bubbly person and I admit that I often find myself in conversations with perfect strangers at stores, gas stations, really everywhere. I treat both men and women the same way. I talk to just about everyone as if I have known them forever. I don't think of it as flirting, but, my boyfriend thinks men take it that way, and that it it gives them the wrong impression. I have tried to modify this behavior for him by not being the one to start conversations with men anymore, and by trying to avoid or not interact with men I don't know. It just doesn't seem to be enough. He gets upset if I am talking too much or if I laugh too much with his own friends when we are both together with them. I don't touch them, they don't touch me, and I try not to get too close to them, but he thinks I let them get too close to me. He says that I don't set personal boundaries. Is my talkative friendly nature inappropriate when it comes to men? Do men take this wrong, and, how do I interact with them less without seeming rude, mean, and just plain boring? I want his friends to approve of me, but he thinks that I am causing them to more than just approve, It's been a real strain on our relationship.
Any thoughts, opinions? Anyone else been in this situation with a girlfriend or boyfriend either as the "too friendly one" or hurt by the others "friendliness"? What would you consider as "too friendly" or "flirting". Where do you draw the line?