There’s also the situation where a woman interprets interest as a wanted advance. I’ve experienced a mild version of this. At my brother’s boring wedding, I spent a lot of it speaking with a single woman about my age because she was a an entertaining conversationalist, though our values were quite different. I lived some distance away, but for some time I kept getting hints and messages from her. I didn’t want to hurt her, but I didn’t want to string her along either. Come to think of it, it’s happened to me at other times, though not terribly often. At least I didn’t need to worry that she’d do something aggressive.
Of course, I’ve been on the other side of it as well, and perhaps it was “safe”, because deep down I knew it wasn’t going anywhere. I have a couple of old friends that I met this way.
I hope that, long ago, she found someone that suits her. It took a long time, but I think I’ve managed to pull that off myself. Or perhaps I should say that my wife and I managed to do this together.