Or, rather, there are two men on the periphery of your life, and you feel like there’s potential for romance with both of them.
You’re feeling more than a bit confused.
You haven’t yet gotten to know either of them that well, but it’s coming to the point where you have to decide who the right man for you is.
And you’re more inclined just to stick your head firmly in the sand.
After all, they’re both amazing in their own ways, and you don’t have the faintest idea which one to pick.
I hate to break it to you, but if monogamy is your style, there’s only a certain amount of time you can keep seeing multiple people for before you’ve got to pick a lane.
It’s decision time.
It’s entirely normal to date multiple people at once when you’re single, but if you happen to have met two men at around the same time, then tricky decisions have to be made and awkward conversations have to be had.
Plus, let’s be honest and realistic with ourselves… time is scarce in our busy, modern lives, and relationships need time dedicated to them if they’re going to grow and flourish.
If you spread yourself too thin, no relationship is going to develop.
So, you’re going to have to choose the guy that you want to dedicate your time to in the hopes that a long-term, healthy relationship could blossom between the two of you.
What’s The Deal?
If you’ve found yourself needing to decide between two men, then you’re probably in one of two situations.
You might have been making the most of modern technology to help you find someone and have met two guys on your platform or platforms of choice, both of whom you’ve gone on a few dates with.
But now it’s got to the point at which you’re going to have to decide who to focus your energies on and become exclusive with.
But you’re struggling, as neither one of them is an obvious front runner.
Or, technology might have nothing to do with it…
Shocking as it might seem in the digital age to those of us who’ve only been able to meet people through apps, apparently some people still do meet in person and get to know each other first before starting to date.
I know, weird right?
But seriously, it might well be that there’s a cute guy at your work you’ve been getting to know, but you’ve also been spending more time with a friend of a good friend…
…and you think there’s potential for things to get romantic with both of them.
But you’re now a bit perplexed about which one is the right guy for you.
If so, we’re going to take a look at how you can know when the moment has arrived for you to make that dreaded decision, and then list the questions you should ask yourself when the time comes.
Chances are, you already know what’s right for you deep down inside, you just need to admit it to yourself.
I’m here to help you with that.
When Do You Have To Choose Between Two Guys?
The point where you have to pick might just be the point when you start to feel a little uncomfortable with the situation.
After all, although it’s completely fine to date multiple people at a time as long as all parties involved know the deal, some of us aren’t cut out for dating multiple people.
You’re the only one who can judge the point at which you no longer feel good about the situation.
On the other hand, make sure a sense of guilt doesn’t get in the way of you giving a potential relationship a chance.
Until you’re exclusive with someone, it’s important to keep your options open.
But it might not necessarily be you that dictates when you need to pick a lane. One of the guys you’re seeing could bring up exclusivity and force you to choose.
If a guy wants to be exclusive with you, then, of course, it’s time to decide whether that’s something you want with them, as it will mean calling things off with man number two.
I know, I know. It’s frustrating, but men are very often like buses. You wait years for one to come along, and then two come along at once.
These questions should help you figure out who to get on board with.
Questions To Ask Yourself To Help You Decide Between Two Guys
1. What do they want out of a relationship?
There’s no point analyzing every aspect of their personality to try to figure out if either of them is Mr. Right if you don’t know what their intentions are.
You may or may not have had ‘the talk’ about what you’re both looking for out of love and life, but if you’ve spent a reasonable amount of time with them, you should have some idea of whether they’re looking for a committed relationship and what their goals are.
If he includes you when discussing future plans or refers to the two of you as ‘we,’ then it’s likely that he’d be open to factoring you into his future.
On the other hand, if he still has Tinder on his phone or makes a point of not introducing you to any of his friends or family members and you only ever seem to meet up for sex rather than just spending time together, then the signs aren’t so good.
2. Is that what you want?
It’s time to be honest with yourself about what you want out of this.
Are you ready for a serious, committed relationship?
If a guy is clearly getting to a stage where he’s thinking about settling down and having babies and you’re a long way from being ready for all that, then that could spell trouble.
If you know you don’t want kids and he’s made it clear that he does, the same applies.
Perhaps you want to see a bit more of the world and maybe live and work somewhere else, but he’s got a job that doesn’t allow for globetrotting.
Whilst we can never know what’s going to happen in the future, if you can see any obvious deal breakers looming with either guy, think hard before pursuing things.
If either of them put you down or make you feel ‘less-than’ in any way, then you’ve got your answer.
8. Do your friends like them?
If your friends have met and like the guy you’re seeing, then they’ll let you know about it.
If they haven’t really given you an opinion, they’re probably lukewarm.
And if they’ve actually told you they don’t like him, then they really don’t like him.
And, I hate to break it to you, but best friends are usually right.
When it comes to our friends, we’re normally far better judges of romantic situations than we are for ourselves.
Even if your friends haven’t met the guys you’re seeing, they’ll have been the ones you’ve debriefed after dates and vented to if anything is frustrating you, so they might be able to remind you of things you’ve conveniently forgotten.
Don’t take your friends’ word as gospel, but try asking for their opinions and carefully consider what they have to say.
9. How are things between you sexually?
You may well not have got to this stage with either man, but even those stolen kisses are a pretty good indication of whether there’s raging chemistry between the two of you.
Sexual chemistry isn’t everything, but it is important.
If you’ve had sex with one or both of them, how did it make you feel?
Do you daydream about it?
Were you satisfied?
Do you read each other well?
10. And if you took the sex away, who would you pick?
This might not help in your situation, but imagine quickly that sex doesn’t enter into the equation.
Does that help you to decide which man is the one for you?
11. Deep down, who’s the one you really want?
You can go round and round in circles over this forever, but if you’re honest with yourself, you’ve already made a decision deep down.
Listen to that inner voice. It’s nearly always right.
Better Alone Than In Bad Company
It’s important to remember through all this that as well as man A and man B, there is another option: Neither.
You don’t have to pick one.
If you can’t decide between two guys, that might be because neither of them is all that special.
In which case, your best option is to go back to living a single life until someone comes along that leaves you in absolutely no doubt that they’re the one for you.
Katie splits her time between writing and translation. She writes about travel and self-care and never stays in one place for too long. She’s currently based in beautiful Cornwall, England, after long stints in Brazil and Mexico. She spends her free time trail running, exploring and devouring vegan food.