Beta Orbiter

What is a beta orbiter?

A person who hovers around a person in order to make a romantic advance

A beta orbiter is a person who hovers or "orbits" around another person in order to get a chance at making a romantic advancement. This type of pursuit is opposite to the Alpha strategy of making romantic intentions known from the beginning by hitting on the man or woman.

Beta orbiters are usually males that become friends with their female interests. The beta orbiter plays the long game, hoping to build trust with the woman and wait for her to develop some sort of romantic feelings for him. The pursuit typically occurs on social media with the orbiter liking or commenting on many pictures and other posts.

Unfortunately, beta orbiters are rarely successful. They typically get stuck in orbit, which is known as the Friendzone or even worse, the Brotherzone.


Jeff has such low confidence. He always becomes a beta orbiter around women he likes.
Beta orbiters may sometimes feel like astronauts

Beta orbiters may sometimes feel like astronauts

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Updated July 23, 2019

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