You probably know the feeling, that moment when your phone pings with a message from that special someone. Since the early noughties, texting has played a big part in how we form new relationships we all remember Nelly texting Kelly from the party, right? Being able to communicate back and forth with each other throughout the day, without having to set aside time for an actual phone call, revolutionised the dating world some twenty years ago. And though nowadays you may be more likely to use instant messaging apps like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger to chat up a texting early stages dating love interest, the same rules still apply.
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It can be pretty nerve-racking texting someone in the early stages of a relationship. Here are 6 important texting rules to keep in mind while texting the one you like! in.
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Natasha Silver. Clear and simple: Keep texting simple. Save story telling, jokes, bio's or the description of your day for your in-person time together.
Don't give too much of yourself away. This goes for X's and O's and smiley faces too. If you really like someone let them know: by saying, "Looking forward to seeing you" or "I had a great time.
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This only frustrates and wastes everyone's time. Give the authentic you: Usually the authentic you is kind and considerate. No games!
Treat this person the way you would like to be treated. Text them backno sooner then 5 minutes and no later then 25 minutes after they text you, unless of course you can't get to your phone.
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Playing the "I'm going to make them wait" game is just a waste of time and truly isn't what you want to receive back. It shows a level of maturity when one texts back in an appropriate time frame. Assume the best: What we put out in the universe is what we get back.
Always assume that they're telling you the truth because in return that is what you will be telling them. Whatever is in the text, assume it means exactly what it says.
Don't read into it and think you know more then what the text is actually saying. If you don't understand a statement or a question then say so.
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Be clear, so that you can text back accordingly. The absolute most important rule. If they haven't texted you back, do not text them! It is their turn, they will get back to you when they are ready.
We never know what circumstances are coming at them, so always assume the best. This is another way to put out what you want to get back, a patient partner.
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