How to you get from dating to a relationship?
I have been single for 11 years now. Its lonely. I have dated many guys, but its never progressed into a relationship. As the common denominator, I believe I must be doing something wrong, but I am so confused. I have been 'ghosted' so many times, I should be used to it by now, but it just seems to hurt more and more everytime it happens. For example, I met this guy a month ago. Things were going great and I really like him. He had asked me to meet his parents and last weekend I met about 30 of his friends, but I haven't heard from him since. I mean, barely. I texted him a couple of times and he called and left me a message to the effect of "hey, I've been working night and day, I'm not sure if you're working but if you get a break give me a call, I'd love to hear from ya". So I called back the next day, and he sent me to voicemail after the 1st ring. And I haven't heard back. So based on experience, I am being ghosted. I just don't know what I did and it really bothers me. I feel like I haven't been given enough of a chance. I am critically analiyzing all of my actions. Was it because I occasionally teased him? Was it because I was too shy and quiet when I was put in a room of 30 strangers, all of which he knew but I didn't? Its weird because he was affectionate towards me the whole time.. His friend even told me a story about him telling her he liked me. But at the end of that day, he didn't talk about when we'd see eachother next and he didn't tell me to text him when I got home, which he usually did. I know I am overthinking it... but at the same time, I desperately want to know where I am going wrong because this seems to be a painful trend for me. Did his friends not like me? Did he figure out that I have low self esteem when I chuckled at his compliment? Ugg. Please help!! Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong??