If a guy recently touched you, you’re probably wondering why he did it and if it means that he is interested in you.

This post will help you figure out if it was because he’s interested in you and it will help you to figure out why a guy might touch you in the future.

So, do guys only touch girls that they are interested in? There are a number of different reasons why a guy might touch a girl. Being interested in the girl is one possible reason that he might do it. If he is interested in the girl then it would be likely that he would show other signs of attraction in his body language when around her.

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And, what could it mean when a guy touches a girl?

  • It can be a sign that he is attracted to you
  • He wants to see how you’ll react
  • He wants to be more than just friends
  • He’s acting in a dominating way
  • He’s mirroring you or other people in the group
  • He’s just being friendly

Since there are a number of different reasons why a guy will touch a girl it is important to consider the context of how he does it and the body language that he shows.

Reasons why a guy will touch a girl

Each of the different reasons why a guy will touch a girl will likely come with a number of clues in his body language.

Below, I will show you a number of reasons why a guy will do it and the body language signals to look for.

It can be a sign that he is attracted to her

If a guy touches a girl then it could be a sign that he is attracted to her.

It would be especially likely that he is attracted to her if it is only her that he touches and he changes his body language and behavior when he is around her.

If he is attracted to her then it would be likely that he would show it in his body language by doing things such as:

  • Holding prolonged eye contact with her
  • Mirroring her body language
  • Having more dilated pupils than usual when he is around her
  • Always pointing his feet towards her
  • Frequently looking at her then quickly looking away when she notices him
  • Asking her friends about her
  • Making plans based on hers
  • Getting anxious when she is with other men
  • Showing signs of nervousness when talking to her
  • Speaking with a deeper voice than usual when with her

He wants to see how she’ll react

The reason that a guy might touch a girl is that he is attracted to her and he is unsure of whether or not she is attracted to him. This can cause him to touch her to see if she’ll react positively.

If that is the reason that he touched her then it would be likely that he would show signs of attraction when he is around her.

He wants to be more than just friends

If a guy touches a girl that he is friends with then, depending on how he did it, he might be showing that he wants to be more than just friends.

If that is the case then it would be likely that he would show signs of attraction in his body language when he is around her that she hasn’t picked up on.

It would be especially likely that he would get anxious when she’s talking to other men, get defensive when he’s with her and other men are around and that he would make plans based on hers.

He’s acting in a dominating way

When a man is trying to show that he is the dominant member of a group he will often touch the people around him.

One reason that a guy might touch a girl is that he is being dominant. If that is the case then it would likely be a more firm touch, he would likely do it when telling her to do something and he would likely do it in front of other people as well.

It could be the case that he is showing dominant behavior and that he is attracted to her as well. In that case, it would be likely that he would also show signs of attraction when around her.

If the reason is due to it being more of a power-play then it would be likely that he would show other signs of dominating behavior such as:

  • Touching other people in the group
  • Telling people to do things
  • Standing in people’s personal space
  • Squinting when looking at people
  • Staring at people
  • Having tight lips when other people are talking

He’s mirroring you or other people in the group

When a guy is trying to fit in with the people around him he will often subconsciously mirror their body language.

If he hangs out with the same people as the girl then it could be the case that he would touch her due to mirroring her behavior.

If he is mirroring her behavior then it would often be a sign of attraction and it would be likely that he would show other signs of attraction around her as well.

He’s just being friendly

If the guy and the girl are friends with each other then the reason that he might touch her is that he is just being friendly.

If that is the case then it would likely be obvious based on the context, for example, he might hug her when saying goodbye.

Consider her relationship with him

When trying to figure out why a guy might touch a girl it would be helpful to consider the relationship that they have with each other.

If they are both friends then it would be more likely that he would either do it due to being friendly or he is showing that he wants to be more than just friends.

If it’s a guy that she hasn’t met before then it would be more likely that he was showing dominant behavior, that he was showing attraction to her or both.

Consider the location that he does it in

The location would likely be a useful thing to consider.

If he does it when they’re alone together then it would be much more likely that he would do it due to attraction.

Whereas, if it is in front of other people then it would be more likely to be due to being dominant but it could still be due to attraction.

Think about what his normal behavior is like

When trying to make sense of a guy’s body language it would help to know what his normal behavior looks like.

If he normally touches the people around him and he doesn’t change his body language around her then it would be more likely that he either does it due to dominating behavior or friendly behavior. It would depend on the type of body language that he shows.

Whereas, if he doesn’t do it with other people and he does change his body language around her then it would be much more likely to be due to attraction.

If you want to learn more about body language, a book I would recommend would be The Definitive Book of Body Language (on Amazon). It shows you how to interpret body language and understand people's true intentions.

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