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70 Things You Do That Probably Annoy Your Boyfriend

A successful union requires knowing when you’re being annoying so you can return the balance of the relationship. Do you know how you’re annoying your guy?


There are times when it seems as if all you have to do is breathe to annoy the guy in your life. Men and women are very different beings. We think that we are helpful and charming, but sometimes, they don’t agree. If you think that you aren’t irritating him, think again. These are the 70 ways to annoy your boyfriend without even trying.

#1 Tell him he should wear something different than what he has on. Even if he is under or overdressed for an occasion, he doesn’t want to hear it from you. Just let him wear what he wants and deal with the consequences.

#2 Change the channel. Nobody likes to have the channel changed right in front of them, even if it looks like they weren’t really watching it.

#3 Ask him what he wants to do tonight. Guys don’t like to be put on the spot. Having to make decisions about plans usually irritates them. Really, they just want you to choose. [Read: 10 decisions you should never let your partner make for you]

#4 Call his mom to chit chat. Guys don’t like it when you make friends with their mother. The last thing they need is the two of you ganging up on them.

#5 Show up at his work. His work and private spaces are supposed to be kept separate from his relationship. If you just show up at work, he may not be as enthusiastic as you might have thought.

#6 Talk to his ex. He doesn’t want you to know about what he did in relationships before you. There is a good chance that you may even take his ex’s side, or make judgments about him. [Read: 13 secret signs your boyfriend’s not over his ex]

#7 Stick around until noon. Guys don’t want to hang out and reminisce about the night before. Likely, if they want to sit around in their underwear, they don’t want you sitting alongside them.

#8 Talk constantly. Sometimes, guys just want to revel in their silence. When they don’t want to talk, they don’t want to hear you talking, either.

#9 Call them. Unless important information is being exchanged, guys would prefer that you not call them. They’re already typically creatures of few words, and talking over the phone can only make it worse. [Read: Why do men hate talking on the phone?]

#10 Text in front of them. Texting while with a guy tells him that he isn’t number-one. The only time he wants you to take time from what you’re doing to text is to him.

#11 Watch a movie twice, especially a chick flick. Maybe he’ll agree to watching your favorite chick flick with you the first time, but asking him to watch it over and over again may push him over the edge. [Read: Casablanca: Romantic classic date night movies]

#12 Sing along to your favorite song. Save your singing for the shower or the car!

#13 Play your playlist. Your songs are not as fun for him as they are for you. He isn’t interested in your Keisha song or your Pink rendition about what dicks guys can be.

#14 Talk when he is playing video games. If he seems disinterested or distracted, he probably isn’t fooling—he really is. [Read: Dealing with a boyfriend who’s addicted to video games]

#15 Just show up at his house. He wants to be able to have his own space at times and doesn’t want to feel that he should always be expecting you.

#16 Ask about sports rules when he is watching a game. If you don’t know how a sports game works, Google it. [Read: 12 dating stereotypes of women in a man’s mind]

#17 Walk in front of the television. Walking in front of the television while he’s watching something is a surefire way to piss him off.

#19 Vacuum when he is watching a game. Wait until the game is over to clean up around him.

#20 Leave your tampons in his bathroom. Guys don’t want to know about how that all works, nor do they want to see it. [Read: 10 big annoying girlfriend habits that guys hate]

#21 Leave makeup around the sink. Makeup is something that may make you feel good, but it only annoys them. Most guys hate the time it takes, the mess, and the expense.

#22 Take too long in the shower. Most guys only take five minutes, so they don’t understand why you take 30 minutes in the shower.

#23 Drive. He doesn’t like losing control, ever. [Read: 9 ways guys manipulate and control their girlfriends]

#24 Talk about work. He just can’t keep up with the ever-changing office politics.

#25 Leave your underwear hanging in the shower. Your frilly things are irritating to him unless they are on you *or off you*.

#26 Talk about your period. Let’s face it—guys are still pretty uninformed when it comes to periods, so that’s not exactly a topic of conversation most of them are interested in discussing with you. [Read: The guide to having sex on your period]

#27 Ask if you look fat. They know that no matter what answer they give, it’s going to be wrong.

#28 Take too long to get ready. When they are ready to go, they don’t want to wait around.

#29 Show up late for your date. They’re there, where are you? [Read: 12 important dating rules for classy men and women]

#30 Clean his apartment. You are moving his shit around, and maybe even moving more of your stuff in…

#31 Bad mouth his best friend. Even if he is a scumbag, he doesn’t want you pointing out the obvious.

#32 Ask if everything is all right. Questions, questions, questions… that is all he hears. [Read: Questions you should never ask your man]

#33 Wear his favorite t-shirt. Okay, so maybe he likes the thought of seeing you in his t-shirt, but when you decide to take his favorite one and never bring it back, he’s not going to like it so much anymore.

#34 Talk about your friend drama. He just doesn’t get it and quite frankly, probably can’t keep up.

#35 Rearrange his cabinets. He gets very annoyed when he can’t find his stuff.

#36 Ask him what he is thinking about. If he wanted you to know, he would tell you. [Read: 9 ways to get your man to start communicating with you]

#37 Talk during his sports game. Again, if he seems distracted, he most likely is.

#38 Text his friends. Sure, he wants you to like his friends, but that doesn’t mean he wants you to be texting them all the time. [Read: Is flirting cheating when you’re in a relationship?]

#39 Become good friends with his best friend’s girlfriend. They don’t want you comparing notes—that could be dangerous for them.

#40 Get mascara in the cracks of his bathroom tile. Have you ever tried to get it out? What a nightmare.

#41 Get his drain clogged with your hair. Nothing is more annoying than standing in an inch of water. [Read: 9 wild ways to have sex in the shower and enjoy it!]

#42 Ask for a bite of his dinner. Unless he offers, he isn’t into sharing.

#43 Try to hold his hand in front of the guys. You are ruining his “cool” factor.

#44 Show up unexpectedly on guy’s night. That is his time to vent and decompress, so when you show up unannounced, it may feel like you’re smothering him. [Read: How to think like a man and impress your guy]

#45 Invite yourself along when he goes out with a friend. If he doesn’t ask, you aren’t invited, period.

#46 Snore. While he may be equally guilty of this, that doesn’t make your snoring any less annoying.

#47 Bring items from your apartment into his. Slowly moving in isn’t cool. If he is keeping a separate place, keep it separate. [Read: 15 things to know before moving in with your boyfriend]

#48 Talk in a baby voice. He’s not a baby, so he probably doesn’t want to be spoken to like a baby.

#49 Makeup a nickname for him. If he’s not into cutesy baby talk, he’s most likely not into cutesy nicknames, either.

#50 Karaoke at the bar. Not only annoying, this can also be a huge turnoff, unless he is joining in. [Read: 20 most romantic songs for the one you love]

#51 Lecture him about his drinking habits. He already has a mom…

#52 Comment about the cleanliness of his apartment. He knows he is a pig, but he doesn’t want to hear about it from you.

#53 Tell him he should ask for a raise at work. When you comment on his work issues, you make him feel like he doesn’t know what he is doing. [Read: Love or career? – How to make the right choice]

#54 Take him to a family wedding. You don’t even want to put up with your family, so why would he?

#55 Try to fix” him up with a friend’s boyfriend. Guys are grown men—you don’t need to set up play dates for them.

#56 Talk about his health issue while out in public. Don’t talk about that gross fungus between his toes, or his bald spot. Just plain not cool.

#57 Tell other people about his family, or family issues. He barely wanted to tell you in the first place. Don’t be the “tell a woman, tell the world” type. [Read: 14 insights into what men want and need in a woman]

#58 Accidentally wash his favorite white shirt with something red and turn it pink. You were trying to do something nice, but ruining his favorite shirt wasn’t so much so.

#59 Drunk text him while out with friends. If you are out with your friends, be out with your friends.

#60 Show up after a girls’ night out drunk for a booty call he isn’t into. No guy wants his girlfriend to come over sloppy drunk and drool on him. Likely, you will get there and pass out halfway through. [Read: 10 sober reasons why drunken sex is never a good idea]

#61 Try to clean something off of his face with a tissue. Again, he already has a mom.

#62 Look through his phone. Don’t look through his personal stuff—you wouldn’t want him looking through yours. [Read: 10 signs the guy you’re with deserves your trust]

#63 Put up photos of yourself around his apartment. If he wants to have pictures of you, he will ask.

#64 Make plans for him on Saturday night without asking. Even if he doesn’t have plans, he doesn’t want you to make them for him.

#65 Tell him he needs to get a haircut. A grown man knows how he wants to look. You only embarrass him when you point out the obvious.

#66 Criticize him in front of other people. Even if you think it’s funny, he likely doesn’t enjoy being called out by you in front of other people. [Read: How to master positive self talk and banish negativity]

#67 Make a new dish and make him try it. If he doesn’t like poached eggs and salmon, don’t make him try it just because you made it.

#68 Try to change his diet. He’s been surviving on his own just fine, and most likely doesn’t feel the need to change anytime soon.

#69 Talk about children. Hints don’t come across as hints—they come across as pressure. [Read: 11 ways to know if both of you are ready to have a baby]

#70 Invite your friends along on a date. He doesn’t want to listen to your girl talk, and no one wants a third wheel, any way. [Read: New relationship advice to have a perfect start]

There are things that girls do to annoy their men, sometimes consciously, sometimes unconsciously. Women are different from men, and realizing these differences and when it is time to create some distance to cool off is an excellent way to maintain a good relationship.

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Julie Keating

A writer isn’t born, but created out of experiences. No lack of subject matter, my life reads more like fiction than anything that could have been imagined...

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