But this did not influence the evaluation of competence or friendliness.
One of the biggest myths in the world if dating is that the friend zone is a terrible place to be.
If you are outgoing enough you'll end up meeting friends of the girl who friend zoned you, which can grow your pool of dating prospects.
This will make it easier for you to bounce back and recover after being put in the friend zone.
People often believe that the friend zone is bad because it is so closely tied to rejection.
When a guy finds out he is in the friend zone, usually all ties are broken no real friendship ever ensues.
But when an email on work-related matters included a smiley, the sender was seen as less competent.
In the first experiment, participants were asked to read a work-related email from an unknown person, and evaluated their competence and warmth.
It usually never happens, but that doesn't mean it's impossible.
If you know what you're doing and can play your cards right, you can turn things around in your favor.
There is one downside to becoming more comfortable around girls though.
If you become a little too comfortable with being around girls, you might soften up and change for the worse.