Thursday, June 7, 2012

What Happened to All the Nice Guys?

I see this question posted with some regularity in the personals section, so I thought I'd take a minute to explain things to the ladies out there who haven't figured it out.

What happened to all the nice guys?

The answer is simple: you did.

See, if you think back, really hard, you might vaguely remember a platonic guy pal who always seemed to want to spend time with you. He'd tag along with you when you went shopping, stop by your place for a movie when you were lonely but didn't feel like going out, or even sit there and hold you while you sobbed and told him about how horribly the (other) guy that you were fucking treated you.

At the time, you probably joked with your girlfriends about how he was a little puppy dog, always following you around, trying to do things to get you to pay attention to him. They probably teased you because they thought he had a crush on you. Given his behaviour was, admittedly, a little pathetic, you vehemently denied having any romantic feelings for him, and buttressed your position by claiming that you were "just friends". Besides he totally wasn't your type. I mean he was a little too short, or too bold, or too fat, or too poor, or didn't know how to dress himself, or basically be  or do any of the things that your tall, good-looking, fit, rich, stylish boyfriend at the time pulled off with such ease.

Eventually, your Platonic buddy drifted away, as your relationship with the boyfriend got more serious and spending time with this other guy was, admittedly, a little weird, if you weren't dating him. More time passed, and the boyfriend eventually cheated on you, or became boring, or you realised that the things that attracted you to him weren't the kinds of things that make for a good long-term relationship. So, now, you are single again and after having tried the bar scene for several months, having only encountered players and douche bags, you wonder, "What happened to all the nice guys?"

Well, once again, you did.

You ignored the nice guy. You used him for emotional intimacy without reciprocating in kind with physical intimacy. You laughed at his consideration and resented his devotion. You valued the aloof boyfriend more than the attentive "just-a-" friend. Eventually, he took the hint and moved on with his life. He probably came to realise, one day that women aren't really attracted to guys who hold doors open for them; or make dinners just because; or buy you that Christmas gift that you really wanted and mentioned it in passing five months ago; or listen when you're upset; or hold you when you cry. He came to realise that, if he wanted a woman like you, he'd have to act more like the boyfriend you had. He probably cleaned up his look, started making some money, and generally acted like more of an asshole than he ever wanted to be.

Fact is, now, he's probably getting laid, and in a way, your ultimate rejection of his is to thank for that. And I'm sorry that it took the complete absence of "nice guys" in your life for you to realise that you missed them and wanted them. Most women will only have a handful of nice guys stumble into their lives, if that.

So, if you're looking for a nice guy, here's what you do:

1) Build a time machine.
2) Go back a few years and pull your head out of your ass.
3) Take a look at what's right in front of you and grab hold of it.

I suppose the other possibility is that you STILL don't really want a nice guy, but you feel the social pressure to at least appear to have matured beyond your infantile taste in men. In which case, you might be in luck, because the nice guy you claim to want has, in reality, shed his nice guy mantle and is out there looking to unleash his cynicism and resentment onto someone just like you.

If you were five years younger.

So please: either stop misrepresenting what you want, or own up to the fact that you've fucked yourself over. You're getting older after all. It's time to excise the bullshit and deal with reality. You didn't want a nice guy then, and he certainly doesn't fucking want you, now.


A Recovering Nice Guy.

***Read this fine print: this piece is not my writing and it touched a nerve. I thought it ideal to re-post it. 


  1. hmmmm,can't agree more...experience on being that guy..Lol!

  2. OmyGod! How soo true!! Shame Shame Shame indeed!

    What's happened to the world now? I'm sure if my granny was strong enough, and id asked her to come live with me just for a week, i'm definite she would have realized how earth has turned into something completely incomprehensible!!

    Things happen today, and you ask yourself, really?? And what's even scarier is that its getting worse by the clock. Ever imagined what your baby will be like when he is old enough to date??

    We need prayers, and a damn revolution!


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