If you’re male, straight, and above the age of 22, and currently playing games with a girl, stop it. Just stop it now. It doesn’t make you seem like a catch, it makes you seem like a giant douche.
If you’re still in college, I’ll give you some leeway. You’re still going to keggers, eating in the dining hall, and just generally getting by on bad decisions and Natty Light – you don’t know any better. But, if you have that diploma in hand, and have substituted a diet of dining hall cereal and said Natty Light with actual dinners made in your very own kitchen and caffeine to get you through the work day, it’s time to call it quits on the games. Games are called games for a reason, they’re for kids. Grow up, grow a pair, and interact with the opposite sex like an adult.
When you’re in your late 20s and early 30s, there’s no more time for that. I’m not saying everyone should want to find their soul mate, get married, have kids, and get that house with the picket fence – hell, I’m not even saying that I want that right now – but playing games makes you seem like you don’t know what you want. And, guys, word of advice, we kinda want someone who knows what they want and has their shit together. We don’t want someone who says one thing, and does another. We’ll move on, don’t think we won’t. Um, you aren’t sure whether you’re busy this weekend? Cool, I’ll just go to restaurant opening with my friend, have an awesome time, and meet someone else. Have fun sitting on your sofa, eating leftover pizza, and watching reruns of “The Simpsons.”
If you think it makes us want you more, it doesn’t. It’s as simple as that. That’s a urban legend that your best friend/brother/lacrosse teammate told you so that he could get more girls.
And, when I do meet that guy I want to settle down with, just remember, you had your chance, but you blew it with the games. Douche.