Attention, Ladies: Get A Grip & Stop Over-Analyzing His Texts

Love it or hate it, texting is here to stay – besides, it has its annoyances, but no one actually hates it. Texting makes our lives easier in a lot of ways, but it also takes out that whole human interaction part that reveals so much by vocal tones. Don’t let that drive you nuts when it comes to dealing with dudes. Here are some reasons to stop over-analyzing his texts.

  1. He’s not trying to be dramatic by putting a period at the end of every sentence. It can read a little cold, but it’s simply a habit. (And a good grammatical one, at that.) You do exclamation points, he does periods.
  2. If he wants to text you, he’s going to text you. Girl, stop checking your phone every 30 seconds, because it’s just going to drive you completely nuts. Feeling nuts leads to things like mass texting him that’s it over when he was just in the movie theater for a couple hours.
  3. “K” can be a reasonable response. He’s not trying to slam the door on your adorable chat, he’s just cool with the info you’ve already put forth.
  4. He said he was seeing someone, but he’s totally flirting via text. Because he’s a flirt. Step away from the flirt and his winky face emojis, too.
  5. If he says he needs to reschedule, he probably needs to reschedule. Don’t read too far into why he’s too tired to hang out tonight (if this isn’t a regular excuse), just assume he’s doing you a favor.
  6. Because you can ask for clarification pretty easily. If you’re unsure if he’s asking you out or just trying to touch base about that work connection you guys have, just ask.
  7. You have more important things to think about. Getting lost in a sea of over-thinking just takes away from the rest of the stuff you need to accomplish today.
  8. Hours of text delay can be standard. Guys generally have less expediency when it comes to returning texts, and they don’t freak out while they’re waiting like we do.
  9. He’s probably not trying to be passive aggressive. If you get the feeling that your man is trying to start a fight via text, by all means pick up the damn phone and call him. It’s not worth the all the assuming, getting worked up, and being tempted to smart mouth back.
  10. “Hey what’s up” can mean literally nothing. If you get a lot of these texts that don’t turn into any type of conversation, you might be dealing with the bored/attention seeking type. Just because you get a random text doesn’t mean you’re going to get hitched.
  11. If he’s playing games, he’s not for you. No reasonable adult is purposefully trying to torture a love interest by making them wait for a text. And if they are, who has the time??
  12. He’s not over-analyzing yours. He assumes you’re saying what you mean, so it’s safe to assume the same of him.
  13. You don’t want to read to much into a pet name. Him calling you “love” might mean that he’s falling for you… or it might just be something that he calls every girl, baby, and old lady.
  14. You don’t want to go mad. Seriously, top reason to stop over-analyzing his texts is simply to keep your own sanity in tact.
Kate Ferguson is a Los Angeles local and freelance writer for a variety of blog and magazine genres. When she's not writing, the UC Davis graduate is focused on pursuits of the entertainment industry, spin class, and hot sauce. Look for article links, updates, (and the occasional joke) on Twitter @KateFerg or @WriterKateFerg, or check out her personal blog