Cringeworthy Things Men Do To Try And Impress Women (Stop It)

I get that some men struggle to catch the eye of a woman they’re interested in, but there are some things they do that are just downright cringey. For some reason, they haven’t gotten to hint yet, even though every woman ever has probably expressed their disinterest in some way.

Clearly, something isn’t working, so it’s time to learn to switch up your methods in a way that would actually impress a woman rather than make her cringe. Guys, please stop doing these things. It’s just not doing it for us.

A Woman Is More Than A Body

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Photo Credit: Yuriy Bogdanov / Unsplash

“Constant sexual talk. I’m quite open to flirting, sexy talk sometimes but it doesn’t have to be a part of every single conversation.” -Louisalily

Switch it up a little, and keep us on our toes! Dirty talk is too predictable — we get it from all kinds of men all the time. If you truly want to stand out, get to actually know us.

Trying To Make A Woman Jealous

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Photo Credit: Samson Katt / Pexels

“He wanted to show off how much a playah he was so you’d be jelly.” – Thehealeroftri

Au contraire, thank you for showing us that you’re a player before we get invested so we can get as far away as we possibly can from you forever.

Proving They Know More

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Photo Credit: Cody Black / Unsplash

“When they try to impress me with their knowledge without taking my own into consideration. For example, this guy recently tried hitting on me in a parking lot. He then started giving me bad car advice, and it was obvious I knew more than him.” – turbie

This is what happens when you base your assumptions on stereotypes. Prepare to be humbled.

It’s Not A Competition

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Photo Credit: Cotton Bro / Pexels

“Immediately bragging or showing off within 5 minutes of conversation. That includes how much you make at your job, etc. One guy at a bar last week grabbed my arm to shout in my ear, ‘I had cancer when I was a kid!'” – crabnick92

Are you trying to earn pity votes or are you trying to make us so inferior we can’t help but surrender to you? Either way, it’s not going to work.

“Bash On Women”

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Photo Credit: Mentatdgt / Pexels

“It literally makes no sense but it’s so common.” – GGDonnahue

Read the room and cater to your crowd. How is speaking ill of the gender you’re trying to impress going to work out for you? We don’t want to put our sisters down just to agree with you.

Showing Off Their Gains

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Photo Credit: Gordon Cowie / Unsplash

“Wanna see how many pushups I can do? Sit on my back and hold my protein shake.” – Reddit

If we wanted to date a frat boy who lives with his bros or at the gym, we would’ve stayed in college. Muscles aren’t going to distract us from your lack of personality.

Trying To Talk A Woman Into Walking Away From Her Partner For Them

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Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema / Unsplash

“What do they expect to happen? For the girl to say “oh, you’re right, I’ll dump him and date you because you’re so perceptive.” It’s so stupid!” – wuroh7

If you want to be a shoulder to cry on, thank you, but don’t take advantage of the vulnerable space we thought we could trust you with.

Money Doesn’t Buy Love

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Photo Credit: Icons 8 Team / Unsplash

“Flaunting their wealth. For me and most people I know, it just screams “d-bag”‘ – quailgirl

Stop reducing us to be these gold-digging vain people who need a man to support and spoil them. If we want a Chanel bag, we’ll get a job and get it ourselves.

Pretending We’re In A Sequel Of The Fast And The Furious

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Photo Credit: Omar Lopez / Unsplash

“I can’t take crazy driving. Maybe once I’ve known you for a while and understand that you have total control of your car, Ill be more comfortable with you driving fast and reckless. Until then, showing me how you can drift around a corner just makes me think you’re being reckless with my life. Please stop.” – DrDoleful

Leave the drifting to the professionals and just get us home without a heart attack please and thank you.

The Car Doesn’t Make The Man

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Photo Credit: Norbert Buduczki / Unsplash

“I live in apartments and try to be super considerate of my neighbors all the time. As soon as I get in his car he starts revving his engine super loud. I’m not impressed by that whatsoever, and I’m sure none of my neighbors appreciated the noise.” – MarthaGail

Who cares if you have a nice car if you can’t manage to be a decent person. We’d pick a gentleman with a beat-up car over you anyway.

Compliments Have Class, Time And Place

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Photo Credit: Cotton Bro / Pexels

“Constantly call me sexy, beautiful, etc when they’ve just met me. It makes me feel like a piece of meat and makes you look shallow.” – fistpump

Sure, a nice compliment shows you’ve been paying attention, but there’s a lot more to compliment than just looks.

Way To Make A Girl Feel Special…

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Photo Credit: Andrea Piacquadio / Pexels

“When they say, “I could be with any girl right now, but I chose you.’ Wow, I’m so blessed thank you.” – Reddit

Are they expecting a thank you? We’re the ones that ditched our dogs and spent 30 minutes doing our hair and makeup so we can give them our equally precious time.

Didn’t You Hear That Opposites Attract?

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Photo Credit: Jeshootscom / Pexels

“The biggest one for me is lying about the things he’s into just because I said I was into those things. If you’ve never seen Blade Runner, for example, don’t say you have just because it’s my favorite film.” – Reddit

The funny thing is that we’ll obviously find out they’re lying. Use your differences to exchange knowledge and grow. Don’t just base our relationship on lies.

Turning Into Tarzan In The Presence Of Other Men

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Photo Credit: Clem Onojeghuo / Unsplash

“I can’t stand hostility towards others, especially other men. Do you think I need “protection”? Ok, fine. Do you think you need to pound your chest and bare your teeth at every passing male? I’m out.” – Reddit

First off, a woman can hold her own, but feeling protective of her doesn’t give you a hall pass to feed your male ego by acting jealous or possessive. Let’s all be civilized here.

Leave The Writing To Shakespeare

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Photo Credit: Pixabay / Pexels

“Don’t try to sound too intelligent in conversation/texts by throwing in an excess amount of uncommonly used words. Usually, this happens discussing things I like, as if they’re trying to one-up me on their knowledge of the topic or impress me with the fact they like it too.” – Zrighteous

If I can’t understand you, I won’t want to talk to you. I shouldn’t need a dictionary. Just talk like a normal person.

This Isn’t A Job Application

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Photo Credit: Gustavo Fring / Pexels

“When guys give me a ‘resume’ or tell me why I should date them by saying things like ‘I’m real buff, I’ll treat you real nice, I make lots of money, I’ll buy you gifts…’ Like I’m some sort of a shallow brainless twit that is looking to hire a boyfriend.” – Reddit

If you’re trying to sell yourself, we’re going to wonder what you’re trying to compensate for. Why don’t you just try simply asking us out and we’ll decide for ourselves.

Stop Telling Women To Smile!

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Photo Credit: Yan / Pexels

“Stop walking up to a girl who is just relaxing and telling her to smile. It’s not cute nor endearing. I don’t really want to be with a man who is already correcting me and we aren’t even acquaintances.” – combustionbustion

Maybe if you gave her a genuine reason to smile, she would, but this isn’t just something you’re entitled to.

“The Whole ‘But I’m A Nice Guy’ Act”

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Photo Credit: Stephanie Cook / Unsplash

“If you really were a nice guy you wouldn’t have to tell me that.” – supersonicmoose

This is definitely one of those things that you show, not tell. If you’re nice, show us and let us be the judge of that. If it’s true then you’ve got nothing to prove.

Bragging About Bad Behavior

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Photo Credit: Eduardo Simões Neto Junior / Pexels

“The fact that you got black-out drunk, have a won fistfight, or never returned a girl’s call is not a good thing. Quit behaving as if it was.” – Reddit

Unless you’re John Travolta, being the “bad boy” in town is not going to get you very far. What you’re doing here is warning us of all your red flags, not impressing us.

Anything That Has To Do With Nickelback

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Photo Credit: Cagle Brooke / Unsplash

“I once had a guy try to impress me by telling me he had seen Nickelback in concert 5 times. It didn’t work.” – Reddit

Just kidding, this one merits some points for effort. Who are we to judge your taste in music.