So no pressure, but your entire romantic future here could be determined by your first few text messages. The first text is always the hardest. How long do you wait to message that cute guy from the gym? Dating columnist Dr. Nerdlove told us that you should always touch base sooner rather than later.
The Psychology of Texting Back: Text Messaging and Dating Etiquette
Dating Text Etiquette
As an avid dater, online and off, and as someone who used to work for Dating Coach Evan Marc Katz, helping clients write their profiles, I saw many common online dating mistakes. A lot of people clearly didn't know what to write in an online dating message. For instance, the more specifics you have in your profile , the more your future partner can ask you about. A study by the University of Iowa has similar advice. According to this New York Times article from February, , one in 10 Americans is signed up for a dating site , the most ever. Anyone can say they dance or read, but what kind of dancing and what kind of books? I also have a backlog of Atlantic s to get through, but I might not win that literary battle.
Texting Etiquette In the Dating Phase
Call me unfashionable, but text message etiquette when dating has become annoying if not rude. I created a few text message rules from texting stories I heard from singles of diverse nationalities. Am I being too harsh?
On the other hand, it has completely changed the course of dating forever, and not for the better. When I was in middle school if you liked someone you had to pick up your landline phone, call their home number, and speak to their mom to ask if they were even available. This took balls! Yes, guys had to have serious balls to actually speak to the girl they liked, which meant they had to have skin in the game. Today, overuse of texting with little phone or real life conversation has made it too easy to back out or keep feelings superficial.