|1.||friend zone syndrome|
An affliction where a patient uses "friend zone" unironically.
The patient sees friendships with people of sexual appeal as a failure.
In fact, this is actually a symptom of a number of other hidden problems (failure to meet new people regularly, failure to negotiate sexuality in an upfront way, failure to enjoy the sorts of people one is interested in sleeping with, and so on)
A: "Someone I know isn't giving me sex. I mean, I haven't been upfront, because I fear even polite rejection... But the only thing I want from them is sex, and they're the only person I am going to meet this year. Please, help me get out of the friend zone!"
B: "That's your problem: you've got friend zone syndrome."