Avoid dating a "man-boy" and find the real man that you deserve.
By David Wygant
So you've met this great man who seems like a lot of fun, but you can’t help having doubts.
"God, I hope that this guy is a man and not the dreaded man-boy," you think to yourself. You know how man-boys are. They'ree the guys who show up on dates, dressed a little on the boyish side. Maybe he wore jeans that were a tad outdated. Maybe he sported a pair of running shoes on his feet. Or perhaps he actually wore a ball cap on a lunch date.
It's always fun at first, but if you overlook it, you'll find that a month into the relationship, he's still drinking with buddies every Saturday night instead of spending time being romantic with you.
No one wants to end up there, so here are some ways to tell you're dating a man-boy:
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1. He has roommates past the age of 30. Any man over 30 who still lives with a roommate is simply afraid to give up his college lifestyle. He still likes the idea of living in a mini-fraternity: even without all of his friends, he still has a brotherhood of at least one. He might say he's just saving money, but it’s more likely that he doesn't want to grow up, which will keep him from important parts of adult life like commitment.
2. He's a mama's boy.This guy's the worst, but luckily he'll expose himself immediately. Even on the first or second date, he'll tell you that he spoke to his mom about you. Whoa! Put the brakes on, man-boy, we don't even know each other yet. Throughout your partnership, he'll be constantly seeking validation and approval from his mother. Keep a look out for men like this: they’ll constantly be comparing you to their mothers, and you’ll never be able to measure up.
3. He doesn't have a plan. A true man-boy will lack focus. in many ways. Does your beau always tell you about the things he wants to do, but never actually does them? Does he have any specific ambitions? If he still seems confused about his career and life path by age 30, it's pretty likely that he's a man-boy: not the sort of guy with whom you want to connect. Find a man who at least has a game plan, and you'll find the relationship will go much better. Related: 5 Types of Guys to Dump
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