Instead of beating around the bush, if you like him enough, ask him out!
The outcomes are like this: Either he likes you, or he doesn't see you in that way.
In the case that you DON'T ask him out, simply thinking about him all the time only prolongs your suffering AND you are nowhere near closer to being in a relationship with him.
In the case that you DO ask him out, he'll either reject you, in which you'll feel bad, but the pain will be ephemeral and definitely worth it when compared to holding it in, or he'll reciprocate and like you back, where then it's great, and you've accomplished your goal.
You're only risk here is that not only does he reject you, but he doesn't look for that friendship anymore and begins to shun you. In that situation: HE'S NOT WORTH YOUR TIME. If a guy or a girl does that to anyone, he's not worth the love.
And there you have it.
Just go for it. Who cares about whether or not he likes you. Just go for it. Whether or not he likes you isn't a question you need to ask anyone else but him.
Then continue to talk, text and flirt.
It takes time to get to know other people. He wisely knows this.
Instead of going through another "channel," you should go straight to the "horse's mouth," to sort of speak, and ask your cutie crush if he wants to hang with you some time. Be friendly, nonchalant, and friendly when doing this.
If he gives you the "run around" of this and that, at least you would have known that he is either Not Into You, and all the "pushing buttons and playing around" was just------What it was.
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