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The Pros and Cons of Having a Guy Best Friend

The Pros and Cons of Having a Guy Best Friend

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smartheart289' s best buddy is a dude who sometimes calls her a waffle muffin cat. Sounds like the perfect relationship to us!—Sparkitors

I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have a guy. Oh, I’m not talking about a boyfriend—eww!—I’m the kinda girl that still covers her eyes during movie kisses. No, I mean a joined-at-the-hip, closer-than-a-brother, best-friend-you-tell-everything-to guy. They’re usually lovable, but sometimes… well, sometimes they just plain suck.

Con: The lack of “girlfriend” factor: Guys aren’t girls. (No, really? Tell me more!) They have different issues. Other than the amazingly comfortable hoodies they own, you can’t wear their clothes. They don’t understand PMS, can’t give make-up advice, and never have a spare tampon.

Pro: The nicknames. Calling someone you know so well by the same name everyone else does is booooooring. Usually derived from an inside joke or a shared experience that went horribly wrong, guys can come up with some pretty strange/awesome nicknames. If anyone else calls you a fat waffle muffin cat, they'll face a horrible, slow, extremely painful death. But when he says it, you look up, totally oblivious to everyone else’s snickers/horrified stares.

Con: The comments. “Awww, you guys would make such a cute couple!” “You know you guys will get married someday! *wink*” People have this funny habit of sticking their nose in anything. Like sweaters, or grass, or my business. They suffer under the mistaken impression that any guy and girl that spend that much time in each other’s company must be secretly madly in love and are just both too shy to confess. And this deep-running friendship is so strong, the pair should probably just go get married now and save everyone involved a lot of trouble. Actually, I know it’s really hard to believe, but being best friends with someone means you actually have to talk them. They know everything about you, including who you drool over. So as much as we act like a married couple, we aren’t ever planning on actually being one.

Pro: The partner. Guys gravitate towards the person they like the best at any specific point in time. Having one for a best friend means a partner for every project, a person to talk to when the teacher says no talking, and an assistant to help you bury the body of the latest person to break your heart. Plus, a guy best friend can always act as a stand-in, non-awkward date to a dance.

Con: The “other woman." Eventually, if you pick a guy worth anything, he’ll get a girlfriend. An actual girlfriend, not a girl (space) friend. Suddenly you’re not the one he calls about the newest fascinating level of his video game. As much as those lectures killed your phone minutes, you miss them. Plans have to be made more than 5 minutes in advance, to make sure they don’t conflict with couple-y activities. And constant, obnoxious, sarcastic flirting is suddenly a big no-no.

Pro: No shame. At all. Guys do stupid stuff. Guys do stupid stuff a lot more often and a lot more willingly than girls. Tell a girl to wear slippers to school and she’ll look at you like you're an escaped monkey with no brain. Tell a guy to dress in drag, hop on the back of a llama, and go sing at the closest karaoke bar, and he’ll ask you if his shoes match his dress.

Con: Crushing. The guys I pick to be my best friend always are smart, adorable, sweet, talented, funny, and generally amazing. In other words, exactly the same type I fall head-over-heels for. The plus side is you spend every minute with your crush. At the same time, having the guy you’re drooling over call you a little sister is about as romantic as dancing with your uncle at a wedding. Not exactly destining you for a lifetime of bliss together.

Pro: Love? Maybe? Sometimes, when Jupiter and Pluto align just so and Mars collides with the sun, things work out. This is a HUGE if, and can ruin a friendship if it doesn’t end up working. But if it does, you are part of an elite group of magical couples that simultaneously are twins, best friends, and an actual couple.

This post is ADORABLE and so, so true! Any other Sparklers out there with best friends who are guys? Manklers, do any of you have a close bud who's a girl?

Related post: Can Guys and Girls Be Friends?

Topics: Life
Tags: relationships, crushes, friends, love, nicknames, best friends, platonic relationships, funny things, pros and cons, guy friends

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