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Sex + Relationships

What it’s Like to Text Your Crush

Congrats! You finally exchanged numbers with that guy you’ve been crushing on!

In terms of flirting, it’s smooth sailing from here… right?

Wrong! Now you have the challenge of engaging him in a witty and exciting text conversation (however you do that…).

So you brainstorm a foolproof greeting that is friendly but noncommittal and send it his way!

You try not to think about when he will reply, but it’s in the back of your mind like,

And after a while, you make up excuses for him. Maybe he’s not around his phone or maybe he’s in class. Whatever the reason, you’re totally confident that he’ll respond as soon as he can.

Then an hour passes and you think,

Until your phone buzzes and you run for it like,

Then you read his disappointing response that is way shorter than what you texted. That’s really the best he could come up with?!

You try and revive the text convo by sending a clever reply right away. And then you realize that texting back so quickly probably made you look desperate.

But wait—he texts back right away, too!

And this time, he even included a smiley face, which means he totally wants you.

Or maybe he’s just being friendly…

Either way, you keep the conversation going and look forward to his every text.

Things are going well, but you’re still waiting for him to make the next move…

Can he just ask you to hang out already?!

After you drop way too many hints, he asks you to get lunch sometime, and you react like this:

Your answer is definitely yes, but you need to wait at least 20 minutes before replying.

Well, maybe 10 minutes is enough…

Text-flirting may be a bit tiring,

But you know your love life just wouldn’t be the same without it!

Connie is a professional and creative writing major at Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently obsessed with pole fitness, pumpkin bread, and '80s fashion.