How is it that we've come so far as a civilization, yet something as asinine as a two-letter word sent from one person to another in an inordinate amount of time can derail us faster than Keanu Reeves behind the wheel of a bus with a motion-sensitive bomb attached to the engine?
When you ask someone how long one should wait before texting a romantic interest back, the answer usually varies, but the "solution" always involves some variation of keeping someone on the hook for the maximum amount of time before hope is lost and then texting them "hey."
Man, what a shitty thing to do.
Texting is imperfect. Truly, truly imperfect. In fact, so is dating. Both manage to become amazingly convoluted and difficult for such obvious, simplistic (in theory) cultural phenomenons. Because of this murkiness, there will never be a perfect equation for successful dating -- nor for how regularly to text, and when.
Too often, movies, TV shows, music videos, and friends tell us to wait until the last appropriate moment to text someone back. We're told to follow the three-day rule after a date, or not to text until texted.
This is all totally wrong. Here's why.
No one is ever on the same page with texts
The first text message was sent on December 3rd, 1992, giving the world barely 25 years to perfect this flawed method of communication. Compare this with the 150-odd years of experience that people have had making telephone calls. There are so many things that can go wrong from both texting and not texting.
You send the wrong emoji, your punctuation comes off as passive-aggressive, you mean to write "hey, how are you" but accidentally send the best-lit dick pic.
More common than sending the wrong text message is sending the right text message that gets lost in translation. To you, sending, "I had so much fun on Thursday" a week after Thursday happened isn't necessarily a move that resonates with the person you're texting. To you, you've waited the "right amount of time," but to them, you're nothing more than an emotional fisherman… dangling them on the hook with no regard for their feelings.
This hammers away at the severely outdated method of using aggression and irreverence to make someone gain interest in you. Let's put an end to this.
They're going to find someone else in the time you take waiting
This is 2016, not 1955 -- people's attention spans are on an ever-shrinking spiral down the drain and no one really cares about Communism anymore. Even if you really like somebody and they like you back, there's no guarantee that the person waiting on the other side will even wait a day for you... let alone a week.