Why does a guy back off of a girl if he likes her?
I have a guy friend I met last semester in college and I am very attracted to him. He has a habit of texting me and goofing off (practically flirting) and then the next day he's distracted. I mean he still responds every time I text him and when we have breakfast with a bunch of other friends he'll talk to me and pay more attention to me than anyone else, but he seems very distant. One of my friends says that because he's a guy, he doesn't realize he's flirting. Another friend said that because he went through an awful break-up last semester where his heart was crushed, he's trying to keep his feelings in check. Does a guy back off from a girl if he really likes he to protect himself? Or is James backing off because he doesn't want to give me the wrong impression when we get too close emotionally?