How to Turn Flirty Texting into a Real Date

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Getting the number of someone you like is a great accomplishment! But turning that text convo into an actual date can feel like a challenge. It’s hard to know if you have a connection when you only talk through a phone screen, which is why it’s so important to work toward meeting up face-to-face. If you’re stuck in a texting rut with no end in sight, don’t fret: we’ve got you covered with some tips on how to move your relationship forward to get an in-person date.

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Steps

Method 1 Method 1 of 11:Show you’re interested with some flirty messages.

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Give them a sincere compliment to show that you’re interested in them. This is a great way to let the person you’re texting know you want to be more than friends. Try to flirt with them via text every few messages so they know that’s what you want.

  • You might say things like, “You make me laugh so much! You have such a great sense of humor.”
  • Or, “That selfie you took is beautiful. I bet you look even better in person.”
  • If the person you’re texting shows interest back, that’s great! They might give you a few compliments and respond quickly, which is how you’ll know they’re flirting with you over text.
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Method 2 Method 2 of 11:Try calling instead of texting.

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If texting is getting boring, a phone call can be a nice way to switch things up. Hearing someone’s voice makes them more “real,” so the person you’re texting might start thinking about meeting up with you more than if you just stick to SMS messages. Plus, if you’ve never met this person before, it’s a good idea to call them before meeting up in person, just to make sure they are who they say they are.

  • You can suggest a phone call by saying something like, “Do you have time to chat on the phone tonight? Texting is okay, but I’d love to have a real chat with you soon.”

Method 3 Method 3 of 11:Start making plans early.

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Set a texting limit, like only texting with someone for a few hours (or days). Texting is fine, but texting someone for too long can often lead to the relationship fizzling out. Instead, make sure you try to set up an in-person date as soon as possible. That way, you can move from texting to dating much faster.

  • There’s no set rules for how quick you should do this, but most people recommend texting for a few days at most before setting up a date.

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Method 4 Method 4 of 11:Tell them you’re saving some topics for an in-person date.

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If you chat too much beforehand, you may not have much to say on a date. Reserve some of the “get to know you” questions for when you meet up in real life. Otherwise, you could get to the date and realize that you’ve talked about everything there is to talk about—and that can lead to some awkward silences.

  • In general, it’s fine to ask someone via text what they do for work or what they get up to on the weekends. However, you should save the deeper stuff, like questions about their family or what their long-term goals are, for a real conversation.

Method 5 Method 5 of 11:Take some time between responses.

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Texting back right away can make you seem too available. If you’re out and about and you’re busy, don’t feel pressured to reply to the person you’re texting. This will signal that you’re a busy person, and it will let them know that you’re probably not down to text 24/7.

  • Make an effort to match their response times, too. If they take an hour to reply, it’s okay to wait 45 minutes or so before responding. If you text back too quickly, you might seem a little too eager.

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Method 6 Method 6 of 11:Ask them what their plans are this weekend.

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This is a subtle way to get them thinking about a date with you. If you want to start out slow, simply ask them what they’re up to this weekend or if they’re doing anything fun next week. If they aren’t, you can segue into asking them about their free time and when the two of you should meet up. Try something like:

  • “So, any fun plans for this long weekend?”
  • “I’m hanging with friends on Saturday, but I’m totally free on Sunday. What about you?”

Method 7 Method 7 of 11:Suggest a fun activity to do.

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A specific activity might seem more appealing than vague plans. Sometimes, people get nervous about meeting up in person because they’re worried about not having enough to talk about. You can suggest a casual activity, like mini golfing, bowling, or taking a walk in the park to put them at ease and get them to meet up.

  • You might say something like, “I heard there’s a new mini golf course downtown. Want to try that out?”
  • Or, “I was thinking of going on that new hiking trail if you want to tag along.”

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Method 8 Method 8 of 11:Suggest a specific time and place to meet up.

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Hopefully, this can get your texting partner to commit to plans. Instead of saying “We should hang soon!” or, “Let’s get together sometime!” try throwing out a time, date, and place that you want to meet up. If that doesn’t work for them, they can suggest a different time and place so you two can actually meet up.

  • For instance, you might say, “Are you busy Wednesday after work? I could meet you at the bar near your house. Maybe around 7?”
  • Or, “Let’s go to that new café in the morning! Does 9 AM work for you on Saturday?”

Method 9 Method 9 of 11:Invite them to meet up if you’re already out.

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This is another casual way to meet up in real life. Keep in mind that not everyone likes spontaneous plans, but if the person you’re texting does, it can be a fun way to meet up with them IRL. Invite them to the bar where you and your friends are, or have them meet you for coffee near your house.

  • You can suggest it by saying something like, “I’m out at a bar downtown, and my friends are about to go home. I was thinking of grabbing one more drink if you wanted to join me.”
  • Or, “In the mood for some coffee? I’m at the cafe near my house getting some work done, but I could use a distraction.”

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Method 10 Method 10 of 11:Don’t feel obligated to respond to sexual messages.

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Unfortunately, sexting probably won’t land you an IRL date. You can absolutely sext the person if you just want a sexual relationship with them, but more often than not, it won’t lead to serious dating or a relationship. If the messages start to go that way or you’re getting a more seductive vibe, set some boundaries and let them know that you aren’t ready for that right now.

  • Say something like, “I’d rather we meet up in person before sending more explicit messages like that. It’s just a boundary that I’ve set for myself, I hope you understand.”

Method 11 Method 11 of 11:Move on if they don’t seem interested in meeting up.

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Some people just want to stick to texting, and that’s okay. If you’ve suggested a few times and places to meet and they’re dragging their feet, they might just not want to go on an actual date. Chalk it up to a good learning experience, then move onto someone who’s fully interested and invested in you—you deserve it.

  • Some people find it helpful to set a texting timeline to know when they should move on. For instance, yours might be texting someone for 1 week before either meeting up or deleting their number.
  • Remember that when someone’s not interested in you, it’s usually not your fault. It has more to do with them than it does with you, so don’t take it personally.

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