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Rules of dating and texting

When you’re starting to date someone new, a great way to let this person know that you’re thinking about him or her is by texting to show that he or she’s on your mind.

Unless it’s urgent, if someone has read your message and is yet to send a proper reply, just let it be. If they want to talk to you, they’re bound to reply sooner or later. Zaya Altangerel Zaya is a current student of journalism and science at Monash University, who has proudly mastered the art of laughing at herself and not taking life too seriously.

It is a whole new world when it comes to dating in the 21st century.

Gone are the good old days of waiting by the phone, willing your significant other to call.

Nowadays, we spend our free time strategically calculating the exact length of time from when you open a text, to when you finally decide to reply. To be frank, I’m not a 100 per cent sure, but I hear it’s somewhere along the lines of a year, maybe a month, if you’re Sound a bit ridiculous?

And like anything else in life, different people have different rules for texting.

Here are five that you may break or follow at your own discretion.

Someone has to initiate it at some point or another, why can’t that person be you? So, if it starts to feel like the other party isn’t as interested or putting in as much as effort into the conversation as you, I suggest you consider moving on.

That being said, it doesn’t feel great when you’re the one who’s always initiating the conversation. When used wisely, emojis are the perfect cherry on top of captivating and witty banter.

Some swear by waiting at least an hour before responding. I’m not exactly sure how this line of logic works, but rumour has it that by purposefully not responding to a text immediately after reading it, you avoid looking thirsty.

It can be very uncomfortable when someone continues to blow our phone up with paragraph after paragraph, when we’re trying our best to politely kill the conversation with an apathetic “lol”, “haha”, or even a “k” if you’re bold enough.

It helps us clearly communicate difficult tones of voice like sarcasm through text, without accidentally offending the other party.