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You're right. There's a huge gulf in expectations between friendship and dating β€” and probably should be. More is at stake. Some people (guys, but also women) want to split the difference β€” the emotional and other enticements of dating with the lack of accountability of a (casual) friendship. Hence, "Netflix and chill," "hanging out," and other permutations of modern romance.

Best line in your essay: "And by the way, I AM the hot friend…"

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Basically me: "Literally NO ONE says I’m kind. Unless you consider being clear as being kind." πŸ˜…

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Literally never met anyone hotter!πŸ₯°

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