My response tends to go along these lines: So let me get this right: You want to start dating but you don’t want it to progress into a committed relationship because you like your life too much / you’re emotionally unavailable and basically not over your ex or your past / you’re busier than a president or prime minister / you have difficulty trusting people / you need to get laid / you basically don’t like your own company so are looking for somebody else to give you special, my reticence about being emotionally available and committing will disappear”.
Does he spend a lot of time on his phone when you are together?
Now you need a crash course in deciphering dead languages because he just told you he is not ready for a serious relationship.
Well, sister, I have been there, and I am going to tell you what it really means when a guy says, “I am not ready for a serious relationship.” Most importantly, I am going to tell you what to do about it.
One of the guys I felt a connection with, and I am pretty sure he likes me too (he told me he did and his actions made it seem like it).
However, I told him it would be better to just be friends since he wasn't ready for anything serious.
Are you meeting up more and more frequently (and spending less and less time clothed) between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m.?