By Georgia Lasure
Flirting via texting can take some of the pressure off. But beware -- not seeing your face or hearing the emphasis in your voice can also lead to misunderstandings. Either way, you'll make an impression -- but you want to be in the hall of fame not stall of shame. Here are some tips to become a text flirting powerhouse.
Textperts Know How to ... Make Her Smile
Compliments are key, but keep it short and light. No mushy stuff too early, or she'll be creeped out. Think sexy and funny: "Don't run your butt off playing tennis - I like it just the way it is!"
Textperts Know How to ... Get Noticed
Describe interesting bits of your day with details and energy: "Just passed a blazing brush fire on the highway with fire trucks! Made me think of you - smokin' hot!"
Textperts Know How to ... Push Pause
Don't blast her with frequent and fast replies - the too-quick trigger finger can get you shot down. To stay on her mind but not her nerves, send upbeat texts that don't require a response. "Gotta run but can't wait to see your awesome smile later!"
Textperts Know How to ... Shut It Down
Seriously, now, call a halt when you're over the limit -- drinking and dialing can be a dating disaster! Likewise, don't text her at 2 a.m. when you're thinking booty call and she's thinking beauty sleep. You'll only be labeled a late-night loser.
Textperts Know How to ... Whisper in Her Ear
Text flirting can be a powerful way to get in good with the girl. But once you know she's into you, use your mouth, not your digits, to ask for the first date. Phone conversations give her the thrill of hearing your voice -- a sexy whisper or a hard-core laugh will help you connect. But keep up the titillating texts too!
Textperts Know How to ... Say Goodbye
On the flip side, texting doesn't cut it for canceling a date or, worse, a relationship. Pick up the phone or - be brave! - go see her in person. Remember, texts survive a long time, and your dating reputation - as a loser or a great catch - lasts even longer.