21 Signs That Tell If a Guy Wants a Relationship or Just a Hookup

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Maybe you’ve just met, maybe you’ve already hooked up, and now you’re confused — does he just want sex, or does he want commitment?  

I should start this article out by saying that the easiest way to figure out what a guy wants is to ask him straight out. Unless you’re honest, telling him what you want and asking him what he wants, you’re shooting in the dark.

You can read signals, but it’s bound to cause confusion if you, at any point, let your hopes and fears cloud your mind when interpreting them. Most people are much better at seeing what’s going on in other people’s lives than their own because when it comes to themselves their judgment is clouded by emotions. 

Some people are scared to ask if someone wants to date them or just hook up with them straight out. But if you think he can’t handle that conversation, is he really someone you want to be dating?

Alternatively, if you think he’s going to lie to you, is he really someone you want to be dating? 

Having an honest conversation is bar none the easiest way to determine what someone wants. The only problem is that some people lie and some people don’t know what they want. They think they just want sex when they want commitment, or they think they were committed when really all they want is sex. That’s why sometimes it is good to see if his words are backed by his actions.

Do beware though when looking at the below signs that they are only guidelines — some men act completely differently. Also bear in mind that you’re probably swayed either by fear, or hope when analyzing your relationship with someone.  

10 Signs He Just Wants Hookups

1. All Conversations Turn Sexual

If, when you text or speak in real life, he brings every conversation back to sex, chances are, that’s the main thing on his mind. He’s not thinking about a relationship, he’s thinking about sex.  

2. He Only Texts When He’s Horny

He doesn’t text to see how you’re doing, or hear about your day, or get to know you better. He sexts to have some fun, or he texts at nine o’clock at night when he wants you to come over.  

3. His Life Is Unsettled

He’s planning to move to Bali in three to twelve months, or he’s open to jobs anywhere in the country. He’s planning on going to Europe to backpack for three months, or he’s talking about how he’s in a state of constant flux right now.

If he says he’s not ready to settle, even if he wants more than sex, he’s probably not ready for commitment. At least not for longer than a couple of months. If he knows that, chances are he won’t change his mind.  

4. Your Dates Are All About the Sex

If every date is about dinner and sex, or a movie and sex, all happening at home, as opposed to him taking you on all kinds of dates and adventures, then chances are his main focus is sex.

He’s not trying to impress you or get to know you, he’s trying to have sex with you.  

5. He Doesn’t Share Much

Most men who want to be in a committed relationship are opening themselves up to the person they’re considering dating.

If all he shares about himself is trivia, then is he really invested? Of course, he could just be emotionally distant in general, but is that what you want from a man?  

6. He Doesn’t Ask Many Questions

Is he really trying to get to know you, or is he just trying to get to know your body? A man who wants to be with you is generally curious about you.  

7. He Avoids Spending Time with Your Friends

No matter how many times you invite him to hang out with your friends (or family), he has an excuse for why he can’t join. Hanging out with people who matter to you, would mean he’s getting involved with your life.  

8. He Doesn’t Invite You to Meet the People in His Life

Just as he isn’t keen to hang out with your friends, he doesn’t invite you to get to know the people in his life. From not bringing you to work-related events, to never inviting you to join him when he spends time with friends, he doesn’t seem keen on you meeting the important people in his life.  

9. He Never Speaks About a Future with You in It

When he talks about future plans, such as his next vacation, you’re not in the picture. Nor does he engage in dreaming about things you will do together a few months from now.  

10. He Doesn’t Offer Emotional Support Nor Asks for It

If he isn’t the kind of person you’d consider calling when you need a hug, how invested is he, really?

And does he ever ask you for advice, or for emotional support when he has something on his mind?

Or is it all about sex, or simply keeping things casual, or emotionally distant?  

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11 Signs He Wants a Committed Relationship

Having had a look at signs that he doesn’t want a committed relationship, let’s have a look at the signs he has feelings for you.  

11. He Invests Time and Effort in Dates 

You feel that he cares because he takes time and effort when coming up with dates. Even if it’s simple you see he cares because he’s picked things he thinks you’ll enjoy.  

12. He Is There for You

He makes it clear you can turn to him if you need a hug after a long day, or a helping hand with your car.  

13. He Introduces You to Friends

He seems genuinely enthusiastic about introducing you to his friends, co-workers, and possibly even family.  

14. He Stays in Touch

While he may be a busy man or one who hates texting, he still makes an effort to touch base as often as he can. He also makes an effort to actually see you face-to-face.  

15. He Dotes on You

When you are together he ensures you’re alright. If you’re cold, he offers you his jacket or tells you it’s time to head inside.  

16. He’s Thoughtful

After you’ve had a victory at work, he suggests you celebrate together. After a doctor’s appointment, he buys you a rose or calls to ask you how it went. He’s thinking about you.  

17. He Dreams about the Future

He doesn’t mind talking about dates you’ll go on in three months when it’s summer, or daydreaming about a vacation you’ll go on one day. In short, the idea of a future together doesn’t scare the bejeezus out of him.  

18. He Doesn’t Go Straight for Sex

While most men have sex on their brains, if he waits to pursue it, it often shows he’s serious. That said, he might also try it on straight away, but he would be willing to wait if you asked him.  

19. You’re Not One in Twenty

If he’s dating five other women or surrounded by women he is flirting with, then he may not be as serious as if you’re the one and only.  

20. He’s Had His Fill

He makes it clear that he’s been around the block a few times and is ready for something more serious, or simply that he never wanted to go around the block in the first place.  

21. He Shows You Off in Public

He doesn’t try to hide his feelings for you in public. Rather he’s happy to walk around town holding your hand, making it quite clear you’re an item.  

About Maria Montgomery

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