Some girls may flirt with a guy friend that they aren’t that close with.
It may be a guy that is more of an acquaintance or colleague than a friend.
She may feel comfortable doing this with the guy because he is sort of a friend but hasn’t quite crossed into the friendship zone.
His relationship status with her is somewhat in limbo.
She would only flirt with him because she is interested in knowing what kind of relationship he is seeking.
Does he just want to be friends or does he want more?
Again, he is somewhere between being a possible friend and a possible romantic interest.
However, she wants to put him in a column and keep him there.
There is attraction on her part.
She does find him intriguing.
Hence, he may be in her friend circle but she doesn’t look at him the way she would look at her closest guy friends.
She wouldn’t intentionally flirt with her closest guy friends with the intention of truly becoming romantic with them.
Her closest guy friends have already entered the friendship category.
She looks at them in a totally different way than she would a guy that she is somewhat friends with but isn’t entirely that close to.
She will intentionally flirt with this guy because she wants to get a sense of how he feels about her.
She may be wanting things to move to the next gear.
She may want the guy to either respond to her intentional flirting and thereby move the relationship into romance or not respond and thereby allow her to place him in the friendship category so that she can then move on to someone else.
She may have guy friends that are flirty in nature.
She may play along with them but will not let it go beyond a certain point.
She knows that these guys are her guy friends and would typically not want to get any messages misconstrued if she were to continuously flirt with them.
Some of her guy friends may see her as a dating prospect.
There may be one or more of her guy friends who is desperately hoping that she eventually likes them in a romantic way.
Hence, some of these guy friends may flirt with her from time to time and she may play along.
However, she knows that she only sees these guys as her friends and nothing more.
This is why she will typically only flirt to a certain point and she will not typically be the one who intentionally initiates the flirting.
In most cases, when a girl intentionally flirts with a guy friend and often initiates the flirting, she hasn’t quite put that guy friend into a solid relationship category.
She may be attracted to him and feels that he could be a dating prospect.
However, she is not willing to be this honest about her feelings.
Hence, she will intentionally flirt with him from time to time in order to gauge his response and perhaps send some hints his way.
She will not keep this up for too long.
If he doesn’t respond in kind, she will put him in the friendship category and move on.