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As single millennials, the “Should I text him first?” inevitably pops up in my friend group chats from time to time, followed by thorough deliberation.“If you are actively pursuing someone, you better come up with something better than ‘hey’ or you will lose their interest,” he cautions.But don’t underestimate the guy’s ability to play hard to get: “However, if I know someone is interested in me, and maybe I’m playing hard to get, just saying ‘hey’ after a lull in conversation can let them know that I’m still interested, but still give me the control.” We have a consensus here – everyone answered no.Our panel of eligible male millennials: (Names have been changed.) David, 20 Braden, 20 Cameron, 23 Ben, 27 Nate, 30 Let’s cut to the chase – pun intended.Four out of five of the guys said yes, there are rules to texting.
Nate, however, knows better than to wait too long to reply to your text: “You won’t find yourself anywhere but the doghouse if you don’t text back within a few hours.” The takeaway?I think these rules are also reflective of the relationship you have with someone.The frequency and type of text definitely differs between friends, work associates, girlfriends/boyfriends, best friends, crushes, siblings, parents, etc.When you’re texting someone that you like and they are hard to get, it’s nauseating, exciting, and thrilling, waiting for someone to respond – the fact that it’s new and unknown is exciting.
The anticipation and re-reading of texts can drive you mad but it’s that pain and agony that makes it so much better when they respond.” According to Braden, 20, “more than once a day is too often,” while Cameron, 23, says texting “just to say hey” is “always fine.” Nate, 30, agrees that the text conversation should be “open-ended to keep the conversation flowing.” Ben, 27, wants a more creative conversation starter.
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