I Hate It When A Guy Is All Text And No Action

The age of technology has seemingly turned every man into a millennial Edward Texty-Hands. He can weave a perfect message that will make any woman fall in love with him, but where is it all going and why is every text convo turning into a marathon? Here’s why I can’t deal with guys who over-text without actually making plans to meet up.

  1. It’s a huge waste of time. Every time I look down at my phone, I see a message from this dude and it’s always the same boring thing over and over again. I don’t have time to entertain his questions and queries—I barely even know him. Please, just cut to the chase, dude.
  2. What is he trying to accomplish? What’s he really after when he sends me the third gif of a cat doing a back flip in a row? What’s his end game? Does he want me to do a back flip just like those cats? I’m confused.
  3. The more we text, the less I want to meet up with him. I shouldn’t be like this, but since he’s been texting me more and more, I’m losing interest in him. I’m sitting there expecting him to take the lead, be bold, and ask me out, dammit! I could easily ask HIM out, but I don’t like doing that, mainly because in my experience, guys always get weird about it. He’s either wasting my time on purpose or doesn’t want to get rejected and I’m just not attracted to that kind of behavior.
  4. He’s definitely not as smooth IRL as he is in text. Even though I’ve never met this guy IRL, I can bet you a million dollars he isn’t as suave as he is in his messages. He thinks that the more he shows off through his texts, the more I’ll like him when we finally meet. Little does he know that he’s dropping further and further down on my scale of excitement with every text he sends my way.
  5. I don’t want to encourage more texting but if I don’t reply, he’ll just keep bugging me. I’ve tried not replying numerous times, but he just keeps sendin’ those texts. The truth is, I kinda like this guy, so I don’t want to cut him out altogether—I just wish that this conversation would actually lead to something already.
  6. There’s a difference between showing interest and going overboard before we’ve even met. He’s asking a lot of personal questions, which I’m normally totally fine with answering, but why does he need to know my biggest fear or why my last relationship ended? That’s something you talk about after you’ve gone on actual, in-person dates. Before that, it’s weird and more than a little creepy.
  7. If we talk too much now, we’ll be bored in person. If we reveal too much to each other too quickly, there’s gonna be nothing left to talk about when we eventually meet up (if we ever do). I want to save some stories for later, so maybe his next question should be when I’m free for dinner.
  8. I just want him to ask me out already! Seriously, what’s taking this dude so long? I’m gonna be a grandma by the time he gets the balls to ask me out. What is he waiting for, California to freeze over? Let’s just pick a day and time and shut up until then. Cool?
  9. Why would a guy text me when he has no intention of meeting up? It just doesn’t make sense to me. It crossed my mind that maybe this guy has no intention of meeting up and is just chatting for fun. Ugh.
  10. I start to think maybe he’s keeping me on the back burner. Is he benching me? The idea alone is infuriating. I guess there’s a possibility that he’s busy talking to other women he’s more interested and just keeping me around in case things don’t work out with them. That had better not be why he’s going text crazy, and if it is, he won’t be getting any more replies from me.
  11. It’s just getting annoying at this point. Getting texts from a cute guy is nice and all, but when it doesn’t lead anywhere, a girl can start to go crazy. I roll my eyes when I see a message from him and I don’t want to be that kinda girl, trust me. If only he didn’t set it up to be that way…
Jennifer is a playwright, dancer, and theatre nerd living in the big city of Toronto, Canada. She studied Creative Writing at Concordia University and works as a lifestyle writer who focuses on Health, B2B, Tech, Psychology, Science, Food Trends and Millennial Life. She's also a coreographer, playwright, and lyricist, with choreography credits for McMaster University’s “Spring Awakening,” “Roxanne” for the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, and “The Beaver Den” for The LOT, among others.

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