When Sarah received this message, she wasn’t sure if Jason was asking her on a date or just wanted her to hang out with friends. The message came by text. She was hoping for more than a friendship with Jason, but not sure where he stands. Was this a gesture of dating? She wasn’t sure.
Sarah isn’t the only one. A survey by USA TODAY among 2647 singles found that 69% of people between the ages of 18-59 who are single are equally confused.
Is a date a planned evening withe friends, an individual invitation or a direct ask out?
Usually, we think we need to show special interest in a person and ask him or her out. But technology makes the ask a bit unclear.
So what can you do if you are uncertain?
Text back and clarify? This may back fire. If it the invitation was only a friendship one, awkward!
Go and find out as the evening unfolds. Probably an OK strategy. Be ready for either option since you can’t always determine what a person is thinking or asking from a text!
Call, talk to the person and see if you can get more information. Sometimes, a live interaction can help you read tone and intent better.
It’s a new frontier but nothing beats the face to face contact!