In the 21st century, when women haven chosen to be the moneymakers of a household or are coerced by circumstances and men have learned to cook and clean as well, some people are still living mentally in ancient times and believe that women should not approach the man first. This belief is observed commonly among women, whereas men complain about how they are always "expected" to approach a women first.
There are many men who aren’t socially active or are reserved and they are the ones who need the girl to approach them first. Imagine, if the girl doesn’t approach him and waits for him to approach first, in that time someone will steal him away because he might be tired of waiting.
It is easy to say that there’s an ego problem playing its part which is why men have to deal with the awkwardness of asking a girl out but people ignore that there are several factors that one keeps in mind before thinking about asking a man out and some of them are strong enough to keep them away from asking out.
1. What if he is already in a relationship?
Some women don’t want to be the ones who would ruin the family life of a guy. Sometimes this fear holds them back. Imagine yourself in a relationship and then there comes another lady and asks your guy out. You would never want that to happen. This is the same fear that some girls have. They can overcome this by making sure that the man is actually not in a relationship and then ask him out.