7 worst texts a guy can send—or not send
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By Carson Griffith for Cosmopolitan
Sometimes deciphering men's texts can be like translating ancient Greek. Is he really "LOL?" And when should you stop sending him that floating question mark after he is—or isn't—ignoring you? Enter HeTexted.com, a site where users upload screenshots of their maddening man texts for community commenting. HeTexted.com co-founder Carrie Henderson-McDermott breaks down the top nine man texts that confuse and enrage us.
The One Worder2 of 8
This can be like a dagger through the heart after you've spent so much brain-power trying to plan the perfect flirty texts, only to get a simple one word response. Now instead of spending your time plotting witty banter, you are trying to dissect what he meant by "Ha."
What to do: "When it feels like you're having a one-sided conversation, it's probably a good time to reevaluate," Henderson says.
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The Art of B.S. Text3 of 8
It's nice to hear a good compliment every now and then, but if it's too often and comes too easily, you have to wonder how many other girls have received the same texts before you.
What to do: "When it seems too good to be true, it probably is," Henderson points out. "We all love a sweet text, but it's usually a bad sign when it's over the top." And reputations extend into the text world too: "If his friends are calling him a BS'er? Never great."
The AWOL Text4 of 8
He's not Houdini, but he just pulled a great disappearing act. Things were going swell; now getting him to respond to your texts and commit to plans is like pulling teeth. What's up with that!?
What to do: Henderson advises: "See how he handles the next date before you make yourself crazy thinking he's lost interest."
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The Noncommittal Text5 of 8
These are the sporadic texts that roll in from your "free-spirited" friend (with benefits?). Usually they are vague, but sometimes, confusingly, virtually flirtatious.
What to do: "If he leaves things open-ended, you can do better," Henderson says. "Move on." #delete
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The Foodie Text6 of 8
It's the caloric version of a booty call—without the orgasm.
What to do: "This text is an unusual one, but totally harmless," says Henderson. But, as Henderson points out (and maybe you should too, to him): "It's not ideal that he needs food as an excuse to hang-out."
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The Send-A-Pic Text7 of 8
This precursor to sexting from your current crush will send you into a panic looking for good lighting and cute angles, and wondering whether you should go the R- or G-rated route.
What to do: Consider the recipient and make sure it's someone you really trust. "This is the text that guys send to see how far they can get you to go," says Henderson. "Our rule: If you wouldn't send it to your mother, don't send it."
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The No-Text Text8 of 8
You've waited hours (okay, minutes) for him to respond to your text. So you start sending him more messages: Questions, question marks, anything you think will get him to respond.
What to do: "We've all been there, but it's not a cute place to be," admits Henderson, who says women should use self-control and put the brakes on if they don't receive a text from the guy after reaching out the first time around: "A guy that doesn't respond to your first text doesn't deserve a second one."