In my dating experience, I have noticed that if a guy and a girl are friends for long enough, one or both of them becomes happy in the complacency of their friendship and would not be open to turning their friendship into one that involved dating.
It seems to me that dating is something people only consider when they are first meeting a potential date. After that people categorize their friends as "oh, well apparently they are not interested so neither should I".
But what if due to other circumstances such as meeting someone at a time when you are not in the dating market or just simply didnt think about dating them right away but changed your mind later?
Particularly asking the women out there, if a guy who was a long time friend were to start being interested in dating you at a time when the two of you were both available to date, how can the "friendship complacency" be broken resulting in starting to date one another?
And to the guys, if you have been in a similar situation, have you ever asked out and then dated a "long time friend"? If so, how were you two able to make the transition?