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Does She Like Me? How to Tell if She’s Interested

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by eharmony Editorial Team - November 22, 2023

So you’ve met someone – maybe online, maybe the old fashioned way – and hit it off. Now it’s a few weeks later and you’re wondering… does she like me? Is she interested in me? Fortunately, you don’t have to twist yourself in knots wondering, because we have identified 18 signs she’s interested, from her body language to how she behaves online. Read on for more about how to know if a girl likes you. 

6 ways her body language reveals she likes you

Even – or especially – if we’re trying to hide the way we feel, our bodies often reveal the truth. While you shouldn’t entirely trust body language, it can offer valuable insights into how she feels. Here are six signs she’s into you.

1. She unconsciously leans towards you

Women are often more reserved about their body language than men. So if she’s leaning in or standing close, and is generally more relaxed than she is with other people, the answer to ‘does she like me?’ might just be yes.

2. She initiates light physical contact

Women don’t often touch others unless they’re comfortable. So if she grazes your elbow while brushing past or puts a hand on your arm when talking to you, it could be one of the signs she’s interested. Note, however, that some women are touchy-feely in general, so pay close attention to whether it’s just you or everyone! And on no account should you try this unless she does first.

3. She preens while talking to you

If you’re wondering, ‘does she like me?’, another clue is whether she plays with her hair or adjusts her clothing or accessories when around you. This can mean the other person is unconsciously trying to draw your attention to them. So if she can’t stop fidgeting, it’s one of the stronger signs she might like you back.

4. She mirrors your body language

Mirroring is when the person you’re talking to starts to copy your mannerisms or movements, matching your body language to try and build a rapport. Mirroring is an unconscious sign that the answer to ‘does she like me as more than a friend’ is indeed yes.

5. She blushes when she’s around you

Blushing is one of the most common signs she’s interested. If her cheeks heat up when you make eye contact, smile, or pay her a compliment, the odds are that the answer to ‘does she like me back’ is yes.

6. She’s generally relaxed around you

‘How do I know she likes me?’ you ask. Pay attention to how she generally is around you. Is her body language open and relaxed? Is she nervous, but not in a way that suggests she’s threatened or scared? Does she make an effort to be close to you? All of these are possible signs she’s interested.

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6 more things she does
that tell you she likes you

Body language can be suggestive, but you shouldn’t depend on it alone while trying to figure out ‘Does she like me?’ If you’re wondering, ‘How do I know if she likes me?’ look at her actions for clues.

1. She dresses up

Just as you put in a little more effort into your appearance on days you’re going to run into her, she will too if she’s interested. If you notice that all of a sudden her clothes seem a little smarter, she’s wearing more makeup or jewelry than before, or simply taking more care with how she looks, they might just be signs she likes you and is trying to show it.

2. She teases you

It’s not just little boys who pull their crush’s pigtails – gentle teasing is another check in the positive column of ‘does she like me as more than a friend?’ Especially if your relationship has always been on the formal side, friendly teasing could indicate that she sees something more.

3. She makes or buys you things

People have always expressed romantic interest with gifts. She might ‘just happen’ to see something you like, or, if she’s the crafty kind, need someone to offload baked goods or knitwear onto. Either way, it’s time and money she’s spending on you – which should give you a clue to ‘does she like me or just being nice?’

4. She’s nervous

We’ve all been there when it comes to crushes. The sweaty palms, the racing heartbeat, the mild babble, the inability to stop fidgeting … if she’s prone to showing you her nerves, the answer to ‘does she like me back?’ might just be yes.

5. She finds excuses to chat

She could ask Google… but texts you instead. Or you’re both in the same place and she just happens to be next to you. Or what should have been a quick check-in turns into a rambling conversation. If you’re wondering, ‘does she like me?’ you’ll find the answer in how often you wind up in conversation.

6. She often mentions future plans

When you like someone, you can’t help but imagine your life with them. When she talks about the future, you’re in it. It might be speculating on things that could happen months from now, or more concrete assumptions that you will be a part of her life going forward. But you being in her plans is one of the biggest signs she’s interested in you.

Six signs a girl you met on that online dating site likes you

Finding the answer to ‘does she like me’ can be complicated when the object of your interest is on the other side of the screen and you can’t rely on tone of voice or body language. Luckily, there are still ways you can tell. Here are six signs she’s into you:

1. She responds quickly to your messages

This isn’t a hard-and-fast rule – not everyone is glued to their phones all the time. But if you rarely have to wait for an answer to your latest message, you can be pretty sure she likes you.

2. She initiates conversations

Even if she doesn’t actually strike up a conversation, she might send you a meme, or forward you a link to an article you might like. If you’re looking for signs she’s interested in you, being pinged often and regularly is a good one.

3. She asks open-ended questions

If you’re wondering ‘does she like me?’, look at the kinds of questions she asks. Someone who likes you will want to know all about you, which means questions that encourage you to open up.

4. She uses plenty of emojis

Using emojis means she’s putting in effort into the conversation – and what emojis she uses can tell you a lot about her state of mind.

5. She likes or comments on your posts and pictures

You’ve got her attention – and she wants you to know it. Even if the comments aren’t explicit (like, say, a fire emoji on a particularly stunning photo) they’re still proof that you’re an object of her interest.

6. She gives you her contact info

Social platforms are great but sometimes you want to take things more private. Sharing your phone number is a sign of trust, so if she does, the answer to ‘does she like me’ is likelier to be yes.

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 Why she may not be interested in you

Sometimes the answer to ‘does she like me’ is no. When that happens, it’s important to remember two things: trying to change her feelings rarely works; and it’s most likely not you. There are many reasons why she might not feel the same, and very few of them are personal.

It might be a bad time

Not everyone is in a good place for a relationship. She might be busy with work, be dealing with health issues, recovering from a previous relationship. Relationships take time and energy and deciding to put your efforts elsewhere is a valid choice.  

You might want different things in life

Interest and attraction can’t make up for fundamental differences in viewpoints or goals – you might want to settle down, she might prize a more footloose and fancy-free life. You might want kids, she might not. Too great a difference can lead to fights and resentment – which is another reason she might want to just stay friends.

She’s into someone else

This likely has very little to do with you – we still don’t understand quite how attraction works, or why people fall in love with who they do. While it can be hard seeing the person you like with someone else, it’s important to not push boundaries – you’ll wind up losing any chance at even being her friend.

She only sees you as a friend

It’s true that society tends to prioritize romantic relationships above all else, but there’s a lot to be said for a deep and long-lasting friendship.

10 signs she’s not into you

Wonderwing why she may not be into you? We summarized ten subtle ways she shows her lack of interest.

Communication is key when it comes to dating

The best way to get an answer to the question ‘does she like me?’ is to simply ask. If the answer is yes, head on over to one of our many articles about first dates for help picking the perfect one. If the answer is no, we’ve got you covered. eharmony makes it easy to find people looking for an authentic relationship and our Compatibility Matching System helps you find someone who shares your interests and values. So sign up today. 

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