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


When I broke up with my boyfriend before my current one he said ‘Ill love you forever, Ill never stop loving you.’ Me: ‘Yeah thats not true trust me.’ He went on to say something along the lines of ‘no one will ever love you like I do’ and ‘you’ll never have another good relationship.’ The thing is, dating him was my biggest relationship fuckup.


Very rough and very public back rubs. If we’re sitting at a cafe drinking coffee and I say I slept wrong and can’t look to my right, that isn’t a cue for you to climb across the table and eviscerate my neck muscles. No one thinks it’s romantic when they walk by a man molesting their date’s back and shoulders. They think it’s odd and uncomfortable. Typically, so does the date.


Prolonged eye contact “dreamy” staring at me.


Doing every damn thing for me. I can manage to take the hook out of a fish’s mouth that I caught, I don’t need you to do my laundry and personal chores (obviously in a partnership I like having help with domestic chores, but I dated a guy who insisted on doing EVERYTHING).

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.