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The Do's And Don'ts Of Texting Your Crush

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Congrats, you got that hottie's number! Now, are you ready to get your flirt on in a series of over-thought, awkward and uncomfortable text messages?

Welcome to courtship in the digital age. It comes equipped with miscommunications, social faux-pas and attempts to divine your future prospects through emoji couplings.

But texting with your crush can be made fun (or at least tolerable) if you do it right. Just bring the flirty back by following these tried and true do's and don'ts.

Do include fun photos with your messages.

good photo

A picture's worth a thousand words. So instead of sending a thousand words, just send a pic, ya freak.

Don't send those kinds of photos.

sext

Photos are good. Photos of genitalia are not good.

Do make jokes. Funny is sexy.

joke

Feel free to make jokes funnier than that one.

Don't finish every text with “hahaha,” “hehe” or “lol.” This is NOT sexy.

hahaha

Are you really laughing out loud? If you were with your crush in person, would you laugh at the end of every sentence? No. No you would not.

Do ditch gender rules.

first text

A woman's fingers are just as dexterous as a man's... when it comes to sending the first text message. Get over gender-based nonsense already. It's 2014.

Don't follow the "3-Day Rule" or anything like it.

waiting

If you pull the “3-Day Rule” on us, we will delete you from our phones. If you take exactly double the time we took to reply, we will find you and throw our phones at you.

Do have fun with emojis.

emoji

Emojis are adorable in moderation. Mix it up!

Don't have TOO much fun with emojis.

bad emoji

Wait, now you look like a child.

Do break the radio silence.

silence

Even if you haven't talked in a while it's okay to reach out. Start up a convo.

Don't send a ton of texts before getting one back.

too many

Cool your jets, kiddo.

Do be direct.

direct

We understand the desire to feel things out, but it saves everybody time and stress when you spell out what you want.

Don't get into serious conversation territory.

serious

The German word "Fremdscham" doesn't have an English equivalent, but it roughly translates to "embarrassment on somebody else's behalf." Think about that.

Do provide compelling insight into the human condition.

witty

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH AIRPLANE FOOD?!

Don't pretend to be something you're not.

pretend

Good advice for both SMS and IRL. It's going to come out eventually that you can't tell the difference between a touchdown and a field goal.

Do know the difference between "their," "they're" and "there."

theyre

Seriously.

Don't overdo the !!!!!

exclamation

Are you really that excited? Is what you're saying really worthy of exclaiming? Please ask yourself these questions.

Do be a normal person.

perfect

Your life isn't perfect. Neither is your crush's. It's OK to have an off day.

Don't talk incessantly about your workout.

gym

Unless your crush is your trainer, there is absolutely no need to provide a play-by-play of your gym routine. Being fit is cool and all, but let your fitness speak for itself.

Do ask questions to keep the convo going.

ask

Answering every question with one sentence and a period doesn't communicate "I am cool and aloof." It screams "I am uninterested and self-absorbed."

Don't type something and not send it.

elipsis

Especially if you know that ellipsis will show up on your crush's phone. This is a surefire way to drive somebody crazy.

BUT NO. 1 MOST IMPORTANT RULE IS always remain chill (or distract yourself accordingly).

chill out

Remember to keep things in perspective. Try not to read into every little detail. Don't freak out. And if worst comes to worst, defer to "Candy Crush" instead of your real crush. Because crushes come and go, but dignity is forever.

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