And I'm not date-raping anyone. I think part of the problem is that you feel blindsighted by this. Only you and Q have, in this discussion, said that it was not consented. The question is in the approach. I've already given you an example: if a guy tries to sync up with me, his motivation for doing so is quite clear, as doing so tends to reveal a part of who you are, it..provides personal info, kinda like pheromones. If I sense genuine curiosity, and admiration, I will gladly let him sync up with me, respond to his emotional nudge. If I sense that it's a means to an end, I'll smile and refuse to answer his nudge. This all happens without explicitely stating it..but it's still communication. Maybe it's something you don't really pick up on? And that's where this paranoia comes from? You only notice it after someone repeatedly nudged you, or has already gone further in the process without you picking up on it?
This only happens to me when I'm thoroughly distracted, or we're playing a game and they're trying to one-up me (in which case they have my permission to do so). And in case of the distraction, I consider myself at fault, I should've been paying attention.
As for 'manipulating'..I tend to 'manipulate' out in the open. I will use a sync up in the process, but my words will state perfectly fine what I want from you. All I'm doing is giving you additional feedback, through the sync up, that I am in fact not going to take advantage of you...comfort you, in a sense, show you I'm genuine in my request, coz, as stated before, the sync up reveals more about who I am, and what I am feeling in that moment. If I notice you're not comfortable with a sync up, I'll stop the connection instantly, as I don't want to make you uncomfortable, that's not enjoyable to me either. It's just an additional means of communicating, to me. I consider it a benefit to be able to make people feel at ease with me. It smoothens things out, and it makes me relax as well. It closes that annoying social gap that's there. And some people don't know how to bridge it. I do. So I'm happy to do it for them. And they're more than welcome to tell me 'no'.