If you're in a committed relationship, it's reasonable to expect certain things from your partner. While there may be some demands that are inappropriate, there are still some expectations that are acceptable. If your partner tells you that your expectations are too high when it comes to these 10 things, it may be a sign that he is not worth your time.
1. To give you his undivided attention
As humans, we've developed the irritating habit of multitasking, which can make us less attentive to our loved ones due to the constant distractions from technology. Requesting your partner to leave their phone in the car during dates or logging out of work emails at a specific time for some alone time is a fair expectation. If your partner resists, it might be wise to consider ending the relationship.
2. To meet his friends
If you've been dating a guy for a while and he hasn't introduced you to his friends, it's worth examining potential red flags. Meeting his friends is crucial to ensure he isn't an anti-social creep and to assess if he's compatible with you. A person's inner circle says a lot about who they are. If he doesn't want you to meet his friends, it's possible he doesn't have any or there may be issues with his choice of friends.
3. To text you when he gets where he's going
At the start of a relationship, some of us fret about seeming too demanding or intense, especially when it comes to requesting check-ins from our partners. However, asking a guy to send a text once he's arrived at his destination is not excessive; it's a kind gesture that conveys your concern for his safety. If he can't manage a simple text, he's not worth your time.
4. To stop talking to his ex
If you discover that the guy you're dating is in regular contact with his ex, it's best to leave the situation. And if you request him to stop, but he refuses, it's even more important to exit. It may sound cold, but unless they're sharing custody of children or his ex is critically ill, there's no reason for him to stay in touch with an ex. They're exes for a reason, and if he can't move on, he can't give his full commitment to you. It's an unfair competition that'll always leave you feeling unsettled.
5. To get tested for STIs before you stop using condoms
Guys often assume that telling you they've been tested in the past few months or have only been with one person in the last year is sufficient for unprotected sex. However, this is not acceptable. I expect any guy I date to undergo testing and show me proof of being STI-free before we discontinue using condoms. If a guy is unwilling to do so, he's either concealing something or being incredibly inconsiderate.
6. To pick you up food when he goes to get himself something
When you're dating a guy, and he mentions picking up food for himself before coming over to your place, it's perfectly reasonable to request that he grab something for you if you're hungry. If he refuses to do so, it's a sign of selfishness, and he's not worth your time.
7. To borrow his car
While I understand that some guys may be very protective of their vehicles, if they're so possessive that they won't allow anyone to borrow it, especially in times of need, then they're not worth it. A car is just a material possession, and if a guy makes a big deal about lending it out, it shows that he values material things more than the people in his life. To me, this is a significant warning sign.
8. To go down on you
If you enjoy receiving oral sex and you ask your partner to go down on you, but they refuse, it's time to move on. In my experience, many guys expect women to perform oral sex on them but are not willing to reciprocate. However, what's even more crucial is the idea that you should be able to communicate your desires to your partner without being labeled as unreasonable. Asking for what you want is not too much or unreasonable; it's fundamental to a healthy relationship.
9. To stop sleeping with other people
For those in a dating gray area, it's reasonable to request exclusive sexual relations, even if you're not yet in a committed relationship. If he reacts negatively to this request, it may be a red flag that he's seeing other people while dating you. Stay aware and don't let him take advantage of you if you're seeking a serious relationship.
10. To give you time to figure out what you want
Alternatively, if you're unsure about your feelings towards the guy you're dating and need more time to figure it out, he should respect that. Rushing into an exclusive relationship before you're ready is not always the best idea. It's perfectly reasonable to take your time and determine if he's the right fit for you. If he can't handle that you're a strong, independent woman who thinks for herself, he might not be the right person for you.