Chart: Dating in the Texting Era

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In our Wireless Issue, TIME examines how mobile technology is changing everything from politics to health care. But as anyone who’s young and single knows, it’s also affecting the dating game—largely because of texting. Consider this scenario, told from the female’s point of view: you had a date on Friday night and you’ve been waiting patiently for him to follow-up. Clearly the date was great. But so far life has been bleep-less, and it will soon be sleepless if something doesn’t happen. And yet what to text and how to text it is no simple matter. TIME put together a chart showing just a few possible outcomes of the post-date texting ritual—with all its dreadful silence, agony-inducing status updates and thrilling validations.

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19 comments
Death of Photo Shop
Death of Photo Shop

Unlike all of the nerds here posting so much negativity I find this chart humorous.  In no way does it actually work this way, but it does emphasize the point that texting has made dating complex.  Sometimes it is much worse to text instead of call.. and whnn did it become okay to replace a good morning call with a good morning text?  

obbop
obbop

Will this comment be deleted?

obbop
obbop

I do not even own a cell phone.

Definitely a Disgruntled Old Coot.

Stay off the shanty's dirt and weeds.

katya21
katya21

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RobertSF
RobertSF

If you liked the first date, you should arrange the second date by the end of the first date. So if you're a guy, ask her for a second date while on the first date. Really. If she wants a second date, she will say yes, and if she doesn't, giving her time isn't going to change that.

And if you're a girl, and the guy's not doing it, give him some encouragement and start talking about a second date. And if he still doesn't get a clue, don't think he's dumb. For whatever reason, he's not interested. Sucks but at least now you know.

Obzervur
Obzervur

Maybe from his viewpoint you were a dud.

Did he say I'll call you or text you?

He is only bound to follow up if he  says  "I'll call or text you."

AugustineThomas
AugustineThomas

It is funny though how only men even read this article. (You have to up the man hating to attract a female audience.)

Mark Mallarde
Mark Mallarde

I better text that girl I liked from last Thursday!  But what do I say???

happydayfortennis
happydayfortennis

Try "Had fun on Thursday." If she texts back "That was quite a night. We should probably do it again," then you'll know she can't form an original thought without resorting to a flowchart, but at least she's interested!

radzap
radzap

Why do women attempt things that they are obviously bawls terrible at like analysis? Stick to being bit-chy and you'll get what you want from some sad sack, girls.

radzap
radzap

Why do women attempt things that they are obviously bawls terrible at like analysis? Stick to being bitchy and you'll get what you want from some sad sack, girls.

Amir Sharify
Amir Sharify

This chart is like a road-map to human stupidity!!

leew261
leew261

Are most people really this shallow?

Mark Mallarde
Mark Mallarde

This is really scary.  If women expect mature males to navigate this then they are deluded.  As far as I'm concerned, texting is obnoxious if for anything other than essential information needed right away.  Or occasional flirting, but not as a stand in for real communication.

Joe Oh
Joe Oh

And this is why divorce rates in America are so high.

Ashley
Ashley

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