Understanding Men: Why He Asks You Out But Leaves It Vague

Need help understanding men? If a guy makes plans but doesn’t follow through or leaves it vague about a day, place and time, that’s not a REAL date. Read on to also find out how to respond to a flaky guy.

why men leave date details vagueWhat Is a Vague Date?

Let’s say you’ve been texting with a great guy all week and on Wednesday he said, “Let’s meet this weekend.

We’ll talk about the details as we get closer to the weekend.” How exciting – you can’t wait to meet this guy! You are so looking forward to meeting him.

This could also happen after a first date or if met a guy out or at a party. It’s all the same thing if he asks you out but is vague about it.

Then suddenly, it’s Saturday and you don’t know anything about the date.

Not sure how to respond to a flaky guy, you text asking if you’re still getting together. He texts back saying something came up or worse, doesn’t even respond.

It’s so aggravating when this happens! Now you’re facing Saturday night with nothing to do when you had been counting on a date with him! Why did he do that?

Keeping His Options Open

Some men like to hedge their bets to make sure they have a fun weekend. While chatting with you, he thinks to see you would be fun, so he asks to meet Saturday.

Having you on the hook is a big relief because if nothing better comes along, he can see you.

He continues fishing online, viewing profiles, and chatting with women. He connects with another woman who seems better.

Maybe she’s cuter, shorter, taller, younger, older, thinner, curvier, etc.

Whatever his preferences or mood might be, he asks her out for Saturday night. This is a flaky guy who doesn’t know what he wants.

Now you can see why he didn’t make a firm plan with you. He was still looking for his best possible option.

Understanding Men – Talk Is Cheap

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Don’t take to heart what men say for the first several dates. This is especially true BEFORE your first date. Talk is cheap and doesn’t mean anything.

A man can say sweet things that draw you in to make you adore him.

Players know you want to feel like a man is into you, thinks you’re the one, or are pretty, so they say amazing things to you to win you over.  Go ahead and enjoy the flattery, just don’t BELIEVE it.

Only time will tell if he means what he says and is serious about you. Hold off falling in love until you know who this guy really is.

He might mean every word he said. Or, he could be playing with your heart. Men don’t necessarily do these things to be mean.

Some guys just don’t know what they want, so they act this way.

Why Men Say One Thing, Do Another

how to respond to a flaky guyThere are a lot of men who seem to always say one thing, then do another. In this case, it’s not just about setting up a date but, about almost anything they agree to do.

That might be when he’ll call, introduce you to his friends, or return something he borrowed. If you meet a man like this, let me assure you this will not improve with time.

You might be tempted to be patient and just to be sure he doesn’t turn it around. Instead, accept this is who he is and move on to find a better man.

Why didn’t he set a time for our date?

Follow Through Is Gold

On the other hand, follow-through is GOLD. When a man says something and then does it, now you can start taking him more seriously.

A man who sets the day and time for your date right away is showing a deeper level of interest in you.

When he follows through on promises and what he says, then he’s worth seeing again. This is one of the best ways for understanding men – following though what actually matters.

Dating Is a Sorting Process

why is he so vague about the dateYou have to meet a lot of men and see them a few times to weed out the ones who talk a good game but aren’t serious about you.

It takes several dates to find out if a man is really interested.

Paying attention to what he DOES to win you over is the only thing that matters.

Any man can say nice words and make empty promises. You are looking for a man with integrity who does what he says.

The right man for you wants a relationship and wants it with YOU.

Keep Your Options Open

Next time a man asks to see you “sometime over the weekend” but isn’t specific, don’t bother saving the date for him.

You can say yes, then keep connecting with other men and feel free to make a date if that’s an option. Why keep yourself open for a man who isn’t willing to schedule a date?

As time draws near, you may be tempted to check in with him and ask if you’re still on. I don’t recommend it.

If he’s really interested, he should close the deal on date details to make sure you are “off the market” for the weekend.

It’s not the end of the world if you do check, but if he takes his time responding, forget about him.

Guy Makes Plans But Doesn’t Follow Through

My dating advice for women is to not get excited about a vague date. If there’s no date and time, then it’s NOT a real date. Until the details are firm, you are still available to meet or see other men.

You want to know how to respond to a flaky guy? There’s no reason to respond!

Many women wonder if he’s shy or insecure and wants to help the guy out by making it easy and doing his follow up work. Don’t fall for that!

Give Him Space To See What He Does

give him space to see what he doesEven a shy man knows EXACTLY what he needs to do to go on a date with you Saturday night. He knows he has to ask you and set it up. Give him space to do this.

Whether or not he’s a shy guy, give a man the time to do what is natural for him to do if he’s serious about you.

When you give a man space, you are not taking over his role in dating. You are taking the feminine position to let him lead which is completely appropriate at the start of dating.

Later, things will balance out in terms of planning and getting together.

When a man seems flaky by not scheduling the date, he’s letting you know through his actions (or lack of them) that he’s not into you enough to be serious about you.

Let Men Pursue You

That’s why the best thing you can do is let a man pursue you. This minimizes the risk of going out with a guy who is just filling time until he meets someone better.

If you accept a date with another man, because the first one didn’t follow up, just say, “Gee, I didn’t hear from you, so I made other plans. But I’m free Sunday afternoon,” (or whenever you are free next.)

This lets him know you’re interested, and he’s still got a chance and that’s how to respond to a flaky guy.

When a Guy Wants to Hang Out With You

It might make you feel good when a guy wants to hang out. Just be aware that “hanging out” is usually a casual thing. This is his excuse not to be buttoned up with date details because it’s just hanging out.

If this is the case, don’t be fooled. He’s not serious about you at all. And since he’s not serious, you can do nothing because that’s how to respond to a flaky guy.

What Makes Understanding Men Easier?

how to respond to a flaky guyUnderstanding men is so much easier when you take your emotional attachment out of the equation.

Step back and look at the vague date situation objectively. Then you will see that a man who does this could be:

  • Playing games
  • Not sure what he wants
  • Stringing you along hoping he finds a better woman
  • Liked you, but got distracted by others
  • Isn’t ready to date, just wants to see if women are interested

Don’t Bother with Flaky Guys

The point is, it doesn’t matter what he says or why he’s flaky, only what he does to be sure he can see you. If a guy makes plans but doesn’t follow through, that’s hopeless.

It doesn’t matter if his texts are fun or sweet, he follows you on social media and likes your posts or calls and talks for hours.

When he doesn’t set a date, time and place, it’s not a real date. See how simple that is? End of confusion, end of the story.

 

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Single for too long, Ronnie wanted to find love. She put her skills from personal development and her spiritual path to work, dating 30 men in 15 months to meet her adorable husband Paul. Discovering the keys to manifesting and midlife dating, she founded It’s Never Too Late to help smart, successful women find love or live an empowered and magical life. Ronnie Ann Ryan, MBA, CCC, is a Certified Coach who has helped 1,000s of midlife women with her Love & Magical Life Coach services. She’s the host of the Breathe Love & Magic podcast and has been featured on NBC, ABC, & Fox News, NPR, BBC, eHarmony, MSN.com, and Connecticut Magazine among others. Also, Ronnie is the author of 6 books which are available on Amazon.

313 thoughts on “Understanding Men: Why He Asks You Out But Leaves It Vague”

  1. Thank you, Ronnie for this article it was very helpful. Dating can be exhausting but like you said, weed out the bad, flaky ones to find the good ones. Sometimes I think it’s easier to date someone in person rather than online, but not sure. I feel men are too comfortable with talking you up to not follow thru. I want to be pursued, so it’s been tough. Still trying. Thank you again for your advice!

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    • Hi Victoria – thanks for your thoughts! I believe dating is the same no matter how you meet Even if it’s a fix up from a friend, you still have to get to know the person. I also agree with you about letting the guy pursue you. Just don’t lean in to make it happen or take over. See what he does to win you over and spend time with you. That’s how you can gauge his true interest. Glad to hear you are still working at it! You can find the one special person so don’t give up!

  2. Hi Ronnie. I met this guy on a dating app. We went out then agreed we to just be friends and see if things go further. He randomly messaged a month later asking if I’m free to hang out, he wanted to watch a movie. I said ok then heard nothing. I asked if we were going or not because I need to manage my time and he didn’t respond again. I know I didn’t do anything wrong. I was assuming we are going out as friends and see where things go so I’m not taking him seriously. My question is why doesn’t he say he can’t hang out instead of ignoring me? I’ve been online dating for two years and meet the same type of guys ghosting, not serious, playing games, and disrespectful. I don’t put up with any of that. I’m not sure what is going on. This has been exhausting. I decided to figure this out why this keeps happening. What are your thoughts on this. Thank you for your article!

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    • Hi Katie, You say you don’t put up with the disrespectful behavior, but in a way you do. If you want to find love, stop dating men who say, “I’m not looking for a relationship, I just got out of a relationship, let’s just be friends (etc.) and see where things go. That is your CLUE he’s not into it. Some men don’t want a woman to have any expectations and this is the language that lets you know. Then they act flaky, rude, and disrespectful. It has NOTHING to do with you and you did nothing wrong except be open to his supposed friendship.

      The purpose of dating is to weed out the wrong men to find the right one by observing behavior and actions. In the future, when a guy says this, you’ll know not to bother. When a man leaves you hanging ONCE, move on. This is how you know who is worthy of your time. Don’t worry about being nice, patient, or understanding. Instead, see this behavior for what it is and move on to the next guy. If you follow this advice, you’ll have better results and attract better men. This is super common and don’t take it personally. Everyone goes through it, but now you know how to cut your losses faster.

    • I totally get your frustration . This happens to me all the time. I have had guys do this to me over and over and then when I snap and scream and say something awful suddenly I am the bad person and he is a saint. I am sick and tired of being told I should just accept it and move on and not get angry, I don’t care about the guy not showing up, I care that he has been disrespectful and wasted my time .

    • Hey Lou, When a man stands you up or leaves things vague, he’s not a saint. And you are not “bad” for yelling at him. The point is to learn how to roll with the disappointments of dating and not take each incident to heart or so seriously. This is normal with men (and some women too) and yelling will not change him. However, the anger can build up inside you over time. Then it becomes hard to shake off and can become a deeper wound.

      My goal is to help you navigate dating with greater ease. Don’t be surprised when a man doesn’t follow through at the start of dating. Just let it roll off, not because he’s a saint, because why would you let a man you don’t know steal your power and make you unhappy? Chalk it up to his loss and move on. That’s the point.

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