Does cuddling mean anything between friends?

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    I met this guy 6 months ago and we hit it off right away and went on two dates but we’re in two different life stages since he’s 4 years younger than me and is going to be leaving the city we are both in now and moving in the next couple of months for work. I told him I didn’t want to continue going on dates because I know he’s leaving soon and we are in two different stages of our lives. We decided to just be friends.

    We were hanging out with a group of our friends and went out to see a live band and we danced together the whole night (even slow danced too!) and then we ended up cuddling and being close to each other on the car ride home.

    Does this mean anything? We both had a few drinks but I wasn’t drunk or anything. Do I need to say anything? I just want to be friends because I don’t think it will go anywhere because he’s leaving soon but my question is – do I pretend nothing happened because we were both tired and had a good time together? Or do you think he’s wanting something more now? I’m not sure what to do or do moving forward when I see him again. Thanks for the help!

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    You’re overthinking the situation and making it more complicated than it needs to be. Cuddling is fine between friends of the opposite sex. Since he was dating you, I think its fair to assume some sexual attraction does exist. The question is – what do you want out of a relationship with this guy because the reality remains he is moving away. DO you want casual sex? Do you want to pursue a LDR? Figure out what you really want and communicate with him to find out whether he wants the same thing.

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    Sorry, bluntly- You had 2 dates 6 months ago.

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    The attraction is likely still there, and since he’s leaving so soon he has nothing to lose when you’re both tipsy by putting out feelers to see if you’d be up for some casual fun before he goes. I don’t think it means anything more. I don’t think you need to say anything either unless it happens again and you don’t want it to — in which case all you have to do is not cuddle back or escalate physically.

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