There might be no escape.
As a guy, there are few things worse than being relegated to the friend zone when you don't want to be. I wanna be clear that men and women absolutely CAN be platonic friends - but a lot of guys seem to end up having that choice made *for* them against their wishes.
You might say some of these dudes are simping
, and in at least a few of these cases you'd probably be right. Here's hoping at least a few of these dudes are totally cool with how things are going, for their sake.