Digital daters, how often do you text someone when you’ve just started dating? Do you get mad if they wait too long to text you back?
You just scored the digits of your second hottest prospect on OKCupid and you're ready to start scheduling actual dates.
In online dating and with your mobile phone, sometimes the squeaky wheel gets the deal.
If your mobile phone is handy, then I believe you should respond to the text if you can in a reasonable amount of time. It’s a digital conversation that’s becoming the norm these days, not a monologue.
If you get a well-typed, thoughtful paragraph about her bad day or his dinner suggestions, the most impactful response is a nice "k." Or "cool." Or how about "ha." That one always works.
The one-word answer is akin to the smile and nod in face-to-face conversation.
(I've never gotten past texting; I actually have no idea what real dating is like.) Trust me on this.A recent JDate and Christian Mingle study titled “Mobile’s Impact on Dating & Relationships” revealed cell phones are causing anxiety among singles.Some singles admit they sleep with their cell phones in bed with them, or at least at arm’s reach, with 64 percent believing the quality of their relationships with those they are dating has improved as a result of mobile phone technology.But don't start tapping away at that touchscreen just yet.Don't you know there are rules to this sort of thing?At the end of the day, the survey showed 68 percent of singles still want to talk on the phone or in person to schedule dates, while only 20 percent prefer to text.Isn’t it still nice to hear the sound of his or her voice?If you don’t reply to someone in four to eight hours, you’re suddenly tossed in the digital doghouse?Apparently so, as those surveyed won’t tolerate waiting an entire day to get a reply.When a girl gives you her phone number, I would suggest texting her something immediately (something simple or witty; stay away from the words: baby, hottie, and sexy), so she has your number and will have the opportunity to decide if she wants to answer your call.Yes, just because she gave your her phone number does not always mean she actually wants to hear from you again; it can be awkward/difficult to decline in the moment.