Dating text message rules
It's the equivalent of looking at you at a party or in a bar, but not approaching, and if a man can't even send an email to introduce himself, then he probably won't ask you out either.
You want to go from online contact to meeting them quickly - within four exchanges, to be exact.
Being heartbroken will actually help, because being so emotionally involved with an ex means you won't pay much attention to the new man - and are a challenge without even trying. Every woman we know who moved on quickly realised with hindsight that the man she had been pining for was wrong for her.
Adapted by Catherine O'Brien from The New Rules: The Dating Dos And Don'ts For The Digital Generation by Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider, published by Little, Brown on January 8 £12.99.
More than that and the man is likely to be a time-waster.
As with every medium of communication, you should wait at least four hours to write back to a message and if you are 30 or older, wait a day.
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There are a couple of other critical factors with texting: never, ever double text (write twice before he responds once) and always respond with fewer words than he's texted to you. ' you should write back: 'Sure, that sounds like fun.' You should not answer calls or messages after midnight, because you are busy or need your beauty sleep or, quite frankly, it's none of his business why. He will know you're interested and any challenge will be gone.Chances are you’ve asked yourself or someone else one of these questions right?Everyone says communication is the key to building and maintaining positive relationships.The same rule applies to texting and all other social media.So NEVER ask men out by text, Facebook or on instant messenger.