23 Cringeworthy Things Guys Do When They’re Trying To Be Romantic


Unexpected public proposals. I’ve seen so many unfortunate videos from guys who propose in like a stadium and don’t know the answer to their question before asking.


Diamond necklaces from mall jewelry stores. I love jewelry but the stuff they come up with every Valentine’s Day are not only overpriced but ugly as sin. I swear “chocolate” diamonds exist to prey on unsuspecting men into thinking “Well she likes chocolate and diamonds, she MUST like chocolate diamonds right? Right?”


Poetry. Some women might dig it and some men I’m sure are good at it, but I’d say it’s cringey upwards of 90% of the time.


Assuming because a person is a woman, they must like to be gifted flowers/candy/jewelry, so they buy those things rather than paying attention to what that individual woman would actually like. Sure, some women do like those things. I do not, nor am I the only woman who does not.


Written by Laura McNairy

Laura is a freelance writer for TFLN. She likes to write about what she knows best — dating, sex, and being awkward, but usually in the opposite order. She is the Assistant Editor and videographer for Peach Fuzz, a sex-positive nudie magazine in ATX.