Adapted from a recent online discussion.
Carolyn: I am nearly 17 but no guy has ever been interested in me. Most girls my age have at least had their first kiss. I have had only one or two guy friends, and very distant ones at that.
I think myself to be moderately attractive, I am the No. 1 student in my class and very hardworking. I dont have an outgoing personality, but I dont completely lack social skills, either. I am one of those people who have a few close friends, but not very close or very many. I am more of a loner, but I still make an effort to be friendly. I honestly dont know whats wrong with me.
Nothing, probably. The way you describe yourself, you sound like a perfectly normal, healthy introvert. A smart one at that. Add those two and its not at all unusual that youd take a little longer to form the kinds of relationships that dont come naturally(asterisk) to you.
Your best option is to accept yourself the way you are, give yourself time, and direct whatever effort you put into this toward getting to know more guys as friends. The more nonthreatening the circumstances, the better say, in classes where youre in your element, or a summer job, where you have both proximity and relatively equal status with your fellow summer employees.
Why does the smart matter? Overthinking, usually (on your part), plus theres the intimidation factor (for others). A girl who sits at the top of the class and sticks to a couple of close friends can be very daunting to approach. Not that this is bad or is even whats going on with you, necessarily its just a common set of circumstances.
(asterisk)I realize Im assuming the doesnt-come-naturally part in your dealings with boys, but a smart introvert who has, say, a pile of brothers might feel comfortable around boys and have no trouble getting dates. In that case, the frustrating thing for her might be in making close female friends.
To: Confused: I was a late bloomer and didnt have my first kiss until I was 20. I have had a very active dating life in my adulthood (I am now 28), as well as in my junior and senior years of college.