Many also suffer from things like Asperger's syndrome, and so may not pick up on cues that a potential partner is interested in them.This often gets misinterpreted as homosexuality or asexuality, when in fact the love-shy is dying for a relationship, but just doesn't know how to express it.

Of course, this doesn't mean they are retarded; most love-shys have above-average intelligence, they just suck at picking up on social cues.

Of course, that doesn't mean there aren't homosexual and asexual love-shys; they exist, but as a minority. As far as homosexuality is concerned, many love-shys are accused of being homosexual and made fun of, so it's kind of a sore issue. Indeed, it does, despite the fact that Gilmartin only studied love-shy men.

Gilmartin in his 1987 book Shyness and Love: Causes, consequences, and treatment.

The Love-shy term does not cover all people perfectly; some have had relationships in the past, while others have no problem approaching, they just can't get anyone to say "yes." Other terms for describing the predicament exist.

Many members of the forum have been formally diagnosed with Asperger's.

It is very likely that Asperger's and datelessness go hand in hand, though many Love-shys do not suffer from Asperger's.

Many people use the term "involuntary celibacy" to describe datelessness.

Varying definitions of this term exist, but generally a person has to be incapable of finding a partner for six months or more to be considered involuntarily celibate.

Going by polls, most are areligious, athiest or agnostic, but several members are religious, some quite strongly so.