Texting is an important part of dating these days, since we're obsessed with our phones and texting is instant. According to a psychologist from MIT named Sherry Turkle, quote, "It's perfect for manipulation. We can create anxiety because it's so intimate."
--As long as you're willing to play passive-aggressive games, here are five ways texting can give you the upper hand when you're dating.
#1.) Make them wait: Texting is instant, so if your response isn't immediate, it means something. The longer you wait, the longer you're delaying the instant gratification someone else wants. And if you respond too fast, you look needy.
#2.) Act clueless: This one's risky, but you can make someone jealous by 'accidentally' sending them a flirtatious text that's clearly intended for someone else.
--You can also respond to one of their messages with, "Who is this?" Or just say you didn't get a text that you actually received.
#3.) Have a friend text you: Have a friend text you over and over when you're out on a date. Even if you don't actually check the messages, your phone vibrating will make it look like you have plenty of options.
#4.) Send a fake drunk text: Some girls send a fake drunk text to see if a guy will take advantage of the moment. If the guy suddenly wants naked photos or a booty call, he fails. If he says something like, "I like you too. Let's talk tomorrow," he's a keeper.
#5.) Send a blank text: If you want to break the ice but make the other person reach out first, a blank text might do the trick. They'll probably assume there was a mistake, and text back to find out what you meant to say. But you also run the risk of looking like an idiot.