But, honestly, after reading Nice Guy's response to just one of the questions we received, I highly doubt that anyone is interested in what I have to say, most especially since most of the questions are outright directed towards a guy. So, we're going to skip my two cents and jump right in to his response. And honestly, I couldn't have said it better.
On August 8th, "Anonymous" asked:
"Why do guys stop being so thoughtful after a while? Like, why do they stop regularly calling or texting just to see how your day is going?"(Drum roll, please...) And Nice Guy says:
"This is a complicated question, and one that deserves a proper reply. Melanie sent this question to me and I decided that I was going to think about it, sleep on it, and think some more. I went so far as to email it to my work account and re-read it a few times throughout the day when I was on a break.
The most straight forward response would start off with references to guys enjoying the “chase.” Yeah, I know, how cliché. Guys do enjoy the girl getting interested in them. I like to look back to how I’ve watched my fair share of Animal Planet and Discovery Channel. Think about courtship rituals with animals and remember the great lengths that the male goes through to capture a female’s attention. There is a lot of hard work involved. It’s a display about what the male CAN be for the female. Not all men are created equal – a male has to showcase his abilities in order to attract a woman. Sometimes it’s about strength and the ability to provide protection. Sometimes the female is attracted to social status that comes from being with a certain male in a pack.So, what do you think, Singletons and Marrieds, helpful? Do you agree or disagree? Have any helpful pointers of your own? Want to submit your question to either me or Nice Guy? Email your questions (anonymous is always an option!) to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to Ask the "Experts." Stay tuned for more insights...
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we should all accept that we are simply animals. The initial attraction and subsequent courtship between a man and a woman is infinitely more complicated. We have evolved with the ability to think and reason. But, men do feel that we must put our best foot forward to get the girl. We have to show the woman what we are capable of. (I believe that I called it “tactical maneuvering” in a comment that I left on one of Melanie’s previous posts). If she accepts that, we are “in.”
Unfortunately, this is where things get more complicated.
Once a relationship has gone on for a while, men (as well as women) get more comfortable. We slack off a bit with all the grand overtures. And we can even slack off on some of the little ones too. And, honestly, for a guy it's sometimes just damn hard to keep it up. But that doesn’t have to mean that we no longer care about how your day went. We proved that we cared about you when were wooing you in the first place. I can speak for myself, along with most guys, when I say that just because we don’t always express how we feel, that doesn’t mean that we do not feel at all.
Contrary to some people’s belief, most men do care about a woman’s happiness. However, men also are not always great at expressing themselves. It can be difficult to understand how a woman wants (or needs) a man to interact with her. Give a guy a problem, and he will want to fix it. It can be frustrating to not do so. While that sounds so obviously simple, sometimes the best course of action for him is to just absorb it and share it with the woman. It’s a lesson that I unfortunately had to learn the hard way.
I don’t think that two people should constantly expect 100% from one another. I believe that it is a little unrealistic. But do not take this as an excuse as to why a guy never reciprocates feelings and actions. If you are not getting what you need, tell him. There has to be a conscious effort from both the man and the woman when it comes to the relationship. However, if two people are in a healthy relationship, there should be a degree of flexibly and understanding between them."