It consists of a multitude of possible emotions that you will succumb to. Mostly jealousy, defeat, hopelessness and a strange sense of knowing that your aspirations are an impossibility. You'll constantly know that the person you like will not like you in the same way. But for some reason, you're still friends with her. You feel like you can get her back, but it's not gonna happen.
And it's worse when they tell you about their significant other/crush/boyfriend. You might see them walk further away from you every day. You become a cushion, having to watch them with the person they THINK is perfect for them. But deep down, you know it's not true. But they think they are, and you have to acknowledge it as a reality.
It's hell on earth, guys.
You: We're just friends.
Friend2: A moment of silence for our brother in the friend zone.
1 - You are in the friend zone but there is room to get out and get laid casually. She doesn't' talk about other guys in front of you and there is sexual tension at times. Its the only friend zone level to be at because it can actually flip into the awesome friends with benefits zone.
2. Further into the friend zone trap. You probably know a bit of personal information about her. She still doesn't talk about guys in front of you and she has probably thought about making you a long term thing. If she is thinking about you longer term you haven't had sex with her yet.
3. Now we are entering danger territory. There is still an outside chance for sex with the girl. But it is significantly diminished or you have to spend a substantial time apart and then end up together and realize that it needs to happen. You know plenty of information about her and you party together with other friends. She will mention other guys but not in the, oh I want to fuck him kind of way even though that is what she means.
4. 2% chance of sex and you need to both be absolutely hammered and there needs to some other type of tension besides sex. That's the only way its going to work. She thinks of you when there is a crisis and tells all her friends that you are the best but can't manage to help you get laid or into a real relationship. After all, being in the friend zone for the girl has perks, like having Mr. good guy at her beckon whim. You are a proven depe...
One common example of this is girls will reject a nice guy, and date douche-bags, all while complaining to the nice guy and saying things like "Why can't all guys be like you?".
Again, this is only a stereotype.
It is possible to escape the friendzone, but it is not easy. It is a long and difficult road.
In actuality, when a woman says she "just wants to be friends," it means that *she's* being too nice. She doesn't feel comfortable telling a guy that she does not find him sexually attractive, and she NEVER will. There is nothing a man can do or say to change this, and it's just creepy when he tries. Men who think they are in the friend zone sometimes use this delusion to justify trying to force a woman to have sex with them. The term is a sad relic of rape culture.
Men who think they are in "the friend zone" need to realize that "She's Just Not That Into You." They need to put on their big boy pants and go find someone who doesn't find them physically repulsive.
"There's no such thing as a friend zone. Ashley doesn't want to fuck you, and she never will."
NOTE: not to be confused with Facebook "friending", which does not share any of the same consequences.
Andrew: For sure, she definitely thinks he a queer.