This is as clean and straight up as I’ve ever seen this Friend Zoner vs Nice Guy issue addressed.
When someone is another’s friend in hopes of more and does not appreciate the friendship without it, this doesn’t bode well for the friendship. Same as if someone is another’s friend just to get some business (I mean business business, not sex.)
I’m not that young anymore and I still find myself explaining this to guys. They don’t get it. I drop them as friends. They weren’t friends in the first place. They were illusionist manipulators. Good riddance.