Texting has become a staple of modern communication. It has replaced conventional phone calls and earlier instant messaging systems. Texting has, in fact, become so central to modern life that common texting abbreviations have made their way into everything from social media to in-person conversations.
The dating scene has not been excepted from the increased focus on texting. Even as internet dating websites like eHarmony or Zoosk and dating apps like Tinder or OkCupid continue to grow in popularity, texting has remained an important part of young people’s dating habits.
Regardless of its popularity, texting is an extremely imperfect form of communication. It takes longer than a phone call, is less personal than a face to face conversation and is infamous for causing miscommunications, misunderstandings and fights when the wrong tone is read into a text. Despite these issues, however, texting is still the go-to form of communication among young adults, and many older adults have developed a reliance on texting as well. Given the prevalence of texting, and its tendencies to lead to misinterpretation, texts from a crush can feel like a proverbial minefield. What does it mean when he texts “what’s up?” after dropping off the grid for a week? What does she mean when she sends a string of winky-face emojis after a date? Keep reading to decode six common dating texting habits.