"Always waiting for the guy to initiate contact is annoying to most men," says Harold, 35.
"At some point you need to let him know you're interested by reaching out.
You just scored the digits of your second hottest prospect on OKCupid and you're ready to start scheduling actual dates.
But don't start tapping away at that touchscreen just yet.
Etiquette | Texting & Messaging | Safety Growing up, my mother used to teach etiquette classes, so I grew up knowing which fork to use when, how to be chivalrous, and how best to communicate your ideas.
While I may have rolled my eyes about this as a teenager (who didn’t?!
Albert Mehrabian increased the percentage to 93% of communication as nonverbal—with 55% coming from body language, 38% from tone of voice, and only 7% of communication relying on the actual words used.
That means that when these texts start escalating our frustration, we are basing our reaction on limited—very limited—information.
But please, don't follow these rules for face-to-face conversation.
While waiting for a table at a busy restaurant the other day, I witnessed a man angrily banging away on his phone.
This well-dressed man in a charming suit had a grimace on his face and would pause to look at his phone and then proceed to angrily type, pausing again to look at his phone and then bitterly typing again—with each interval increasing in visual upset. The bigger question behind text wars is the question of whether such arguments would occur if the people were face-to-face.
[Read: 10 ways to handle dating someone with anger issues] #4 Be short and sweet. This is especially true in the realm of texting and dating, since the recipient can’t see you as you say *type* those words. Have you ever had someone send you the same text multiple times back-to-back? The more texts you send at a time, the more desperate and needier you come across.
Avoid lengthy messages that give you more opportunities to be misunderstood. Though you might feel that you were ignored or left hanging without a response, fight the urge to resend the message and just get your mind off of it.