Your crush texts you “hey.” What do you text back, and how long do you wait to text it?
"I probably hyperventilate and then I remember I need to act like a dick. So I wait like 20 minutes and reply 'sup.' I'm basically Casanova." -- John, 18
"'New phone who dis,' as soon as I see it. Just a little joke!" -- Mea, 18
"Do the fabled mirror technique, where you just repeat the exact same text back. This way, you don't seem over or under keen. [I would wait] has to be at least 15 minutes. You want to present the illusion that you actually have friends and hobbies and other more important people and things to do. Which is completely untrue." -- Ewan, 17
"I sent my crush a note once, but forgot to include my name. He balled it up & threw it away."
"Girls are always worried about sounding too desperate based off of their reply time, but I feel like if a guy likes you, he wouldn't want you to care about that. Although I can't speak for guys... some of them prefer a chase. Whatever, I reply whenever I feel like it, whether it's immediately or hours later [queen emoji]." -- Jenna, 18
"People have this idea that you have to wait to talk to romantic interests but that's stupid, honestly." -- Tori, 17
"If they are texting you first, I'd just text 'hey' back. Anything more is too much. When it comes to time [...], I try and do my best to not text back right away. But I mean, my CRUSH just texted me... FIRST! I'm texting back like a minute or two after." -- Noah, 17
"I usually wait no longer than an hour. You don't want to seem too desperate, but you also don't want to seem like it's a chore to text them back. If my crush texted me 'hey,' I would probably cry from happiness. But, to play it off like a cool swag dad, I would text back 'Hey! What's up?' Don't text back the second they answer because not gonna lie that's pretty creepy. Also, avoid abbreviations (idk, nvm, wyd, etc.) 'cause we're not trying to go for the seventh grade convo here." -- Sofia, 17
What's the deal with online dating? Do teens Tinder?
"A lot of people use Tinder but no one admits it. Basically, [we] attempt to use it to hook up or to find a significant other that doesn't go to your school. Usually it just turns into an awkward conversation and then ends. So, fuck online dating. For now I'll just meet girls the old-fashioned way. If I become old and lonely though, I'm hitting eHarmony up." -- John, 18
"It's definitely a good way to meet new people, and it's not really 'lame' if you meet someone on it, either. I wouldn't use any of them in public though." -- Noah, 17
"I think it implies you're pretty desperate, especially if you're a teen, because [at this age] you can't have had enough dating rejection to resort to it. It's basically for pervert guys who want to get nudes." -- Ewan, 17
"Tinder and Hot or Not are probably the top contenders. I actually know a girl who met up with a guy she met on Tinder, and she started getting feelings and they dated, but it turned out he was seeing, like, three girls at once." -- Jenna, 18
"I think some teens do go on Tinder and apps like that, but I think that's kinda creepy. Anyone can get catfished, so I don't really think online dating is great." -- Gabriela, 15