Dating can be a lot of fun. It’s exciting when you’re meeting new people or discovering if you want to be with them in a long-term relationship. Some people prefer to date casually. Whether you’re looking for love or having a good time, dating relies on communication. Texting can be a large part of the dating process. We’re all busy, and it’s not always easy to talk on the phone. Here are some ways that you can keep your texts exciting and fun and help anticipate the next time you’re going to go on a date.
Texting can be exciting when you’re dating
When you’re dating someone new, it can be fun to text back and forth. You can find out a lot about a person by asking about their day. It can be as simple as asking how they are to start the conversation. You can refer to an activity that you guys did together. Here are some icebreakers you can use when you’re texting with someone you’re dating:
- Hey, what are you up to?
- I had a lot of fun last night. How about you?
- The movie was hilarious. How did you like it?
- How is your day going?
You can start by asking how your date is doing or about their day. You could also reference something that you did together that was fun. It’s good to start with open-ended questions rather than statements. When you ask someone about their experience or how they are, it prompts them to open up.
Keep the conversation going
One of the most important things, when you’re texting with a new love interest is to keep the conversation going. It shows you’re interested in what the other person is saying, and you can build off of what they’re texting. Here are some examples of ways to keep the conversation going:
- Yes! I love that movie. Have you seen that actor’s other work?
- I’m sorry you’re having a hard day. Do you want to hear something funny?
- I love cats! Do you want to see a picture of my cat?
Acknowledge that what they’re saying is interesting to you, and then share a fact that shows that you relate. Having a casual conversation through text can be a great way to further your connection with someone you’re dating.
Brainstorm future dates
It can be fun to brainstorm different places you want to go on dates for the future. Perhaps you want to go to someplace to explore nature or see a movie. Maybe you’d like to take your date on a picnic. You could have a conversation with your love interest about what restaurant you’d like to try. Texting can be a fun way to exchange information with your date. Here are some examples of how to brainstorm new outings with your date:
- Have you been to this restaurant? I have been dying to try the food there
- I would love to go hiking. Do you like to hike?
- There’s a new movie playing that looks good. What do you think?
You and your date can collectively decide what seems like a fun outing and then plan it.
Exchanging pictures can be fun
You don’t always have to have text conversations to keep things interesting. You can exchange pictures with your date through texting. It can be a fun simple way to keep the conversation going. It’s important to remember you don’t want to ignore the picture your date shares. It’s crucial to respond. Here are some ways that you can reply when your date send you a selfie:
- You look cute
- I love your smile
- I can’t wait to see you again
- You’re adorable
You might compliment the person or take a moment to tell them you want to be with them soon. If they send you a picture of something that’s going on around them, show that you’re interested. Pictures are fun to share, but it’s also crucial to show interest in what your date is sharing with you.
Don’t text and fight
It’s not a good idea to fight through text messages, especially when you’re dating somebody, because texting is supposed to be fun. If you want to have a serious dialogue, it’s crucial to do it in person, and you can say that to the person you’re dating. When you start a fight via text, it takes away from the dating experience. So if your date tries to start an argument with you via text message, just simply let them know that you’d rather talk to them face-to-face. That way, things don’t get misunderstood or misconstrued. Here are some ways to communicate that you’d rather talk in person:
- I don’t want to argue through text. Let’s talk about this on the phone or face to face.
- I don’t feel comfortable talking about this through text. What you’re saying matters to me, and I’d rather not discuss it through text. When is a good time to talk?
- I don’t want to continue this conversation through texting. I’m sorry you’re upset. Can we talk about this in person?
These are some gentle ways to set a boundary but also validate the person’s feelings.
It’s okay to vent about dating
Dating isn’t easy. It’s okay to vent to your friends or loved ones when you’re having a tough time with someone that you’re dating. Sometimes it helps to get out your frustrations with an objective person. You can talk about these issues with a friend or loved one. You can also talk to a mental health professional about issues with dating. It can be tough to figure out the dating world, and you don’t have to do it alone. If you’re struggling with romantic relationships, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. A mental health professional can help you navigate the dating world.
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