Why would a guy block you then unblock you…right? It’s a confusing behavior.
Does it mean he likes you, doesn’t like you?
Does it mean he wants to speak to you, or doesn’t want to speak to you?
Well, I can help you decode this behavior and explain some of the reasons why a guy might have blocked and unblocked you, and how you should respond:
Why Would A Guy Block You Then Unblock You? 10 Reasons To Explain His Actions
1. He Did It out Of Anger and Now Has Cooled Off
If a guy blocks you after getting into an argument with you or a painful breakup, it’s likely that he did it out of anger and impulsivity.
He probably didn’t actually mean to block you and once he calmed down, decided to unblock you.
If this is the case, there’s no need to worry too much about why he did it or what his intentions are now – he’ll soon reach out and let you know what’s going on in his head.
2. He Wants to Make You Chase Him
In some cases, a guy might block you as a way of getting your attention and making you want him even more.
It sounds manipulative, but it’s a common dating tactic.
If he wants you to chase him, he might think that by blocking you and then unblocking you later, he will make you reach out and ask him why he did it.
3. He Didn’t Get the Result He Wanted when He Blocked You
If a guy blocks you and then unblocks you shortly after, it could be because he didn’t get the reaction or result that he was hoping for when he blocked you.
Maybe he thought you would reach out to him, he’d hear from your friends that you were upset or something else that didn’t happen.
It’s a sign of his own weakness and insecurities, and tactfully it puts the power in your hands if you want to look at it like that.
4. He Regretted His Decision to Block You
Sometimes, a guy might block you and then realize that he made a mistake – it’s that simple.
He might regret his decision to block you because he misses you or wants to talk to you, or is worried he’s offended you.
If this is the case, it’s likely that he’ll reach out to you soon. Or maybe it’s clear that the two of you will not reconcile and he just wants to keep tabs on you online.
5. He Is Pulling a Power Play
In some cases, a guy might block you as a way of trying to control or manipulate the situation.
By blocking you, he’s trying to assert his power and show that he’s in control.
This is often done as a way of making you feel bad or guilty – maybe he wants you to reach out to him and apologize for
6. He Was Curious About What You’re up To
Sometimes, good old curiosity gets the better of someone – especially if they still have an interest in you.
If he had blocked you on a social media platform that means he can no longer see your profile and what you’re up to, it might have been eating him up.
So he unblocks you, just so he can take a little peek and see what’s going on in your life.
7. He Thinks It’s Making You Feel Bad
In some cases, a guy might block you as a way of trying to hurt you.
If he thinks that it will upset you or make you feel bad – in some twisted way – that may make him feel better about himself.
If this is the case, it’s best to not let him know that it’s annoyed you, if it has.
He’s not worth your time or emotional energy. Just brush it off and move on.
8. He’s Ready to Try and Reconcile with You
If a guy unblocks you after some time has passed, it might be because he’s ready to try and reconcile with you.
This is often the case after a breakup – he’s had some time to think about things and maybe even miss you, so he wants to reach out and see if there’s a chance for the two of you to get back together.
Of course, this isn’t always the case, but it’s worth considering if you’re hoping to get back with your ex too.
9. He Might Think You Haven’t Noticed
In some cases, a guy might unblock you because he thinks you will not notice and he’ll be able to keep tabs on you without you knowing.
This is often done by guys who are trying to be sneaky or manipulative, and it’s not a good sign.
If you think this might be the case, it’s best to block him again so that he knows you’re on to him.
10. He Wants to Try and Make You Jealous of What He’s Doing
If a guy unblocks you and then starts posting photos of himself with other girls or doing the things you guys always enjoyed, it might be because he’s trying to make you jealous.
This is often done in an attempt to make you reach out to him or get his attention, and it’s just another form of toxic behavior.
It’s best to just ignore him and move on.
Should I Contact a Guy when He Unblocks Me?
It’s up to you whether or not you want to reach out and contact a guy if he unblocks you.
There could be any number of reasons why he did it, and only he knows the real reason.
If you’re hoping to reconcile with him, then it might be worth reaching out and seeing what his intentions are.
But if you think he did it for any of the negative or toxic reasons listed above and wanted to manipulate you, the best advice is not to reach out to him.
As hard as it is, if he’s going to play games like this it doesn’t bode well for the future.
You’re better off ignoring him and moving on with your life, or even blocking him if he’s just going to make you feel bad about yourself.
Why Would He Unblock Me But Not Talk to Me?
If a guy unblocks you but does not talk or message you, it can leave you wondering why he unblocked you – and that’s probably what he wants.
There could be any number of reasons for this behavior.
Maybe he’s not ready to face you yet or maybe he still has feelings for you and doesn’t want to get hurt again.
It’s hard to say without knowing the guy in question, but if he’s not ready to talk to you then it might be best to just leave him be.
In some cases, people need time to come to terms with things and reach out when they’re ready.
If you try to force the issue, it might just push him away even further.
Have you found yourself on the receiving end of being blocked and unblocked on social media?
I’d love to hear about it and it might prove handy to other readers if you could take a moment to share your experience and any tips in the comments below, thanks!
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Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.