This post is a collection of some common texting mistakes that turn guys off.
1. Ping Texts
Ping texts are messages like:
- “the guy’s name”
While it was you who wanted to get in touch, ping texts shift the burden on him to actually come up with something meaningful.
Now he’ll be thinking:
Hmmm… She contacted me. Do I have anything to say? No, then why should I try at all? I’m just gonna send the ball back on her court instead (and hopefully she’ll get it)
Notice the girl below makes the same mistake twice.
The first text was useless and I give her a chance to articulate her thoughts. But instead of fleshing out a meaningful message, she shift the burden on me once again (demanding I explain).
Now if we had been close, I might have taken the time to explain. But we weren’t close enough for her to demand so much investment.
We had a good time and I sincerely wish her well, but that was our last text.
2. Gimme More Texts
Gimme more messages are messages aimed at making him write as much as possible with as little effort on your side as possible.
They suffer from the same downside of all the “let him invest tactics”: less discerning men will chase you. More socially aware men will get annoyed.
Read more details on why you should aim for balanced investment.
- “so… ?”
3. Rudderless Boat Texts
I call these rudderless boat texts because they communicate the woman relinquishes control of her life. And if she relinquishes control of one of the most important areas of her life, what does that say about her?
Some rudderless texts are hilarious in their timeless idiocy:
- “I like being spontaneous” (like should we wait to run into each other?)
- “We’ll see” (see what exactly)
- “I’m not sure” (who is sure then)
- “I believe in destiny” (and that’s why you’re single)
Even when you’re sincerely on the fence, rudderless texts make you look indecisive.
If they’re excuses, you can do better. If you’re really not sure, then think about it and reach a conclusion.
And if you actually like him, then lady up and go for it (or other women will).
4. Getting Angry
Sherry Argov says men consciously test women to check where they stand. I’m not sure it’s conscious, but she’s spot on in her psychological analysis.
When you get angry, he is reassured that you are emotionally invested and that, very possibly, he has you.
Indeed when you get snippy two possible things happen:
- The guy backtracks and apologizes -and then you know he’s a wuss-
- The guy laughs -and he knows you’re under his thumb-
My reply was a joking way to nudge her into dropping the bragging tone.
But when she got snippy I knew for sure that she was indeed trying to impress me and that she was emotionally invested.
If she was really bothered, stopping communication would have been a better way of sending the message.
But the best course of action was to make a joke about it an move on. That would have actually given her some points. Something like:
LOL yeah, I like making sure people know they’re talking to a big shot :D. Jokes aside…
LOL, I want to make sure you know you gotta bring the A game around me :D. Jokes aside…
5. Bored Texts
Few things scream low quality woman as complaining about being bored.
I’m not even gonna dig on my phone for examples: don’t do it, just don’t do it.
6. Talk To Me Texts
Talk to me texts let him know that you were thinking about him and that his silence is getting to you. And maybe both are true, but he doesn’t necessarily need to know that.
They signal insecurity and neediness.
- “you don’t talk to me”
- “why don’t you reply to me”
Notice that the first text, in the second part, could actually be a text you should emulate. It’s like saying “I’m for real, step up and come get me”.
But the first part ruins it. It says she’s insecure and high maintenance from an emotional point of view.
7. Selfies Texts
Unless you’re a teenager and unless you two are already lovers you better avoid texting selfies. They scream attention seeking and time wasting.
And if he’s a cool guy chances are he doesn’t know what to do with your pictures before you two are close. He should want you physically in real life, not in byte version.
And worst of all, of course, are unrequested (half) naked selfies.
Trust me, that’s what trans do and it’s a major warning signal for guys who’ve been around the block.
There are many ways to send terrible texts and I could make this list longer. But I feel these 7 cover some of the most common bad texts I’ve seen around.