By Ariane Marder, Glamour magazine
There's a definitive line between a guy who has genuinely gone goo-goo for you and the insta-boyfriend. The latter is dangerous and a turn-off because he's likely to turn out needy, or worse, a serial dater. If you don't even know each other's last names, it seems a bit premature to call it after only one date. Call me old fashioned, but the clingier the guy is, the more suspect I am. Here are six signs he's an insta-boyfriend.
1. He asks you leading questions.
You've barely swallowed your first bite of spinach dip and he's asking you how long you plan on waiting before you have kids or if you want to get married. Women seem to get blamed for asking some version of this question too early on, but guys are guilty of it, too. It's called "moving too fast" and it's NOT gender specific.
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2. He hits you up obsessively.
The first date was a definite success, but your happy glow will quickly fade when he starts blowing up your Facebook wall several times a day and texting you over and over. One text to say he had a great time is totally fine, but when he has you under his "favorites" on his iPhone and wants to know where you are when you don't text back immediately, it's overkill.
3. He tells his entire fam about you.
He invites you to meet his sister, mother, aunt or grandma and has you down as his plus-one at his best friend's wedding this summer. All within the first week of knowing him.
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4. He doesn't want the date to end.
I'm all for a guy who drives a woman home and walks her to a door (chivalry gets me every time), but when it's Friday, you've only just met, and he's telling you about your shared plans for the weekend, you may have a clinger on your hands. (I once had a guy sleep over-yes, it was a one-night stand-and he would not. leave. my. house. I finally had to pretend I had dinner with my mom to end what was the longest date of my life.)
5. He acts like he can't live without you.
He barely knows you so why is he mad that you are going away for graduate school in the fall and not willing to "give the relationship a fair chance?" Easy there, killer.
6. He calls you his girlfriend.
Have you ever encountered an insta-boyfriend? Tell me about it! Have I missed any other warning signs?