The Embarrassing Truth: 20 Things Every Man Wants but Won’t Admit

Often, guys aren’t great at saying what they really want in life. Luckily, a recent online survey asked them straight up, “What do guys want?” Here are the top 20 answers.

Time Alone

Time Alone
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“Time alone, but without holding it against us internalizing it as their failure to be desired.”

“My ex would not leave me alone when I asked her to respect that boundary. Policing me in my own house. I’d rather be alone. I don’t need that.”

Affection

Affection
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“It’s crazy how a compliment can make my entire month for me.”

“Men should be more encouraged to show affection and compliment each other more. There’s also nothing wrong with hugging each other now and then. I wish there wasn’t this weird idea that being affectionate towards each other is anti-masculine..”

To Love and Be Loved

To Love and Be Loved
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“I want to be wanted. I want to be the little spoon. I want to be the reason someone is excited to start the day, the reason someone smiles. I want to be vulnerable. I want to be loved.”

“Emotional support and some stability in my life would be great.”

A Cabin in the Woods Away From Everyone

A Cabin in the Woods Away From Everyone
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“I thought I wanted that. Then I got it and realized too late how much being near my friends meant to me.”

“I live in the woods now. I see my friends more now than I did when I live in a city. My friends are pretty outdoorsy, so they love the escape, and I have no problems convincing them to make the trip and hang in the woods with campfires.”

A Deep Emotional Connection

A Deep Emotional Connection
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“One of the best things I ever did for myself in this regard went to therapy. Learning to effectively communicate your emotions without getting caught up in them will save you so much struggle and emotional turmoil.”

“This is why dogs are still “man’s best friend” in the animal world, even though we don’t need them for hunting or body heat on a cold night anymore.”

See the Impact My Life Has on Others

See the Impact My Life Has on Others
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“Volunteering is really rewarding and a great way to meet others. By the end of a year, you probably wouldn’t even be able to doubt your impact on others; you’ll have seen it first-hand.”

“What if you believe your impact on others exists because you know it does? You don’t need to see it. You could die a happy man right now.”

Playing Online Without Lag

Playing Online Without Lag
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“Video games don’t cause violence, but lag DOES.”

“It’s amazing that after 20+ years of internet services: Lag is STILL an issue, Wifi signals are terrible, Bluetooth is STILL unreliable.”

Love Someone And Be Loved Back

Love Someone And Be Loved Back
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“Just focus on self-improvement in hygiene, communication, meditation, and exercise. Make sure you put yourself out in the market through dating apps and random conversations, and you won’t believe the number of doors that opens.”

“Love makes for happiness; everyone just wants to be happy.”

To Be Debt Free

Having Money
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“Been there for five years. It’s worth the struggle and lives up to the hype.”

“I’ve been in debt for over a decade. I don’t let it get to me. The debt collector calls eventually stop, and I forget about it and live my life. Credit is garbage, but I don’t let that bother me either.”

Just a Hug

Just a Hug
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“The last hug I got was from my mom 12 years ago.”

“This. People don’t realize how nice getting hugged is until you suddenly realize you’ve gone 9 years without one.”

To Go Home

To Go Home
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“I literally said out loud “I want to go home” before even walking out my front door on the way to work.”

“Home is where the heart is, so your real home’s in your chest.”

A Wife Who Doesn’t Cheat

A Wife Who Doesn’t Cheat
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“I travel for work like A LOT. Don’t even know if this is possible.”

“Been there, brother, be strong. It gets better (in case it hasn’t already).”

Free Time… To Play Videogames

Free Time... To Play Videogames
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“I have two young kids, and I am lucky to get an hour and a half to play video games on a weekend day, and it is just nowhere near enough time for anything and feels like 15 minutes.”

“I miss playing video games. I’m no longer allowed to play video games because my girlfriend will get upset that I’m not spending time with her.”

A Peaceful Relationship Without Drama

A Peaceful Relationship Without Drama
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“Life is good when you and your partner know how to communicate effectively and have discussions instead of arguments.”

“Life can sometimes be dramatic, tragic, and wonderful, but I have no interest in anyone who plays games or creates unnecessary drama within my relationships. The world is hard enough as it is. But you have to process your own trauma first.”

Permission To Get Emotional

Permission To Get Emotional
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“My husband gets so ashamed when he cries in front of me because he was raised to hide his emotions, man up, and strong men don’t cry. I try to tell him every time that occasionally crying is perfectly ok, normal, and even healthy.”

“Most men have experienced a woman losing respect/attraction to them for being emotionally vulnerable, and/or it being weaponized against them in the future.”

To Feel Appreciated

To Feel Appreciated
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“Men are expected to do certain things without retu their work goes a long way.”rn, which is messed up. Even showing some emotion to men for

“Let’s all show appreciation for things we might take for granted. My wife sets the coffee maker every night. It’s not much work and doesn’t take much time – I know this because I’ve been doing it this week while she’s out of town. Nevertheless, I thank her for doing it.”

Sleep

Sleep
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“My dad, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” I always thought this was a tough guy boast, then I got older and realized it was just a complaint that he knew nobody was listening to.”

“I’ve accepted my fate and always take a 3 hour nap to get that precious alone time in the morning. Sleep is the best alone time.”

A Big Shed

A Big Shed
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“I think I remember this from Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Shed comes next after self-actualization.”

“Just big enough to work safely and still feel cozy between the workbench, CNC mill, lathe, laser cutter, 3d printer, and in-progress boat.”

A Back and Neck Massage

A Back and Neck Massage
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“My husband and I give each other 30-minute massages and take turns going second. We’ve been doing this since early in the relationship, and it’s a thing that’s evolved over time.”

“A cruel joke of nature is: I want firm massages, but my wife lacks hand strength. She wants gentle massages, so most of my strength goes to waste.”

To Step on a Really Crunchy Leaf

To Step on a Really Crunchy Leaf
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“My whole backyard is full of crunchy leaves! Living the dream.”

“Acorns also work as a good substitute.”

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