Do Guys Like When Girls Text First? (Solved w/ Examples)

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Do guys like when girls text first?

Guys really like when girls text first. When girls text first, guys feel validated, valued, and desired. If the guy is attracted to the girl who texts first, he likes it even more because texting first is a sign of high interest and attraction.

There are a few other things you should know before you start texting him.

If you’ve ever wondered whether or not guys like when girls text first, then this article is for you. You’ll find out why guys appreciate a girl who texts first, as well as exact examples of what to text.

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7 Reasons Guys Like When Girls Text First

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There are at least seven reasons guys like when girls text first. Most guys make the first move in any kind of interaction. They have a lifetime history of approaching women, asking for their number, and asking them for a date.

Anytime a girl makes the move first, it’s a welcome surprise. I’ve always loved it!

Do guys like when girls text first? Heck Yes!

Here are 7 great reasons:

  1. Guys like when girls text first because it’s a modern and refreshing way to interact.
  2. Guys like to be chased. They like to know they’re wanted.
  3. It’s such a simple action that can make him feel special and important. He will probably go crazy over this thoughtful gesture.
  4. It shows effort on your part. Men like women who show them effort.
  5. Texting first is an indication of interest without coming off as too forward or desperate.
  6. Guys appreciate someone who occassionaly takes the lead and will take the initiative to break the ice.
  7. Men like women who make dating easy and drama free for them.

It’s a common stereotype that guys don’t like when girls text first. Why do most guys prefer it when the girl initiates contact? It makes them feel good to receive a message from the girl they’re into rather than always having to take charge to start the conversation themselves.

In modern dating, it’s much more common for women to make the first move. This includes texting first.

Men still usually text first, but there’s no reason to wait to text him if you like him.

Is It Bad To Text a Guy First?

It is not bad at all to text a guy first. In fact, it is actually really good.

  • Texting first makes you stand out from other girls.
  • Texting first invites him to make contact with you (some guys don’t approach you because they don’t want to get rejected).
  • Texting shows your interest.

Guys like girls who show interest in them. Contrary to some popular beliefs, guys want to feel desired, too. Men want to date women who show high interest, attraction, and desire for them.

I have always enjoyed it when a girl texted me first.

The vast majority of the 1.4k men in my Facebook group for dating say that they like it when a girl texts first, too. This doesn’t mean that guys expect women to always text first, but girls shouldn’t be afraid to make the first move.

Do Guys Wait For You To Text First?

Guys do sometimes wait for you to text first. There are a few good reasons for guys to wait.

One of the biggest reasons guys wait is to gauge your level of attraction and interest. Waiting for you to text first is an easy way to see if you care enough to sometimes make the first move.

Just like girls don’t want to always text first, guys also don’t want to always text first.

Guys might wait for you to text because:

  • They don’t want to seem too eager or desperate
  • They know that showing too much interest can lower a woman’s attraction to them
  • They want to know if the girl is attracted or interested in them
  • They might be authentically busy

I’ve mentioned this in other articles, but research published in peer-reviewed journals suggests that women tend to feel more attracted to men who don’t make their feelings completely clear.

In other words, uncertainty creates attraction in women. However, the same dynamic is not seen exactly the same with men.

Men like women who show their interest. You don’t need to overwhelm a guy with your interest or eagerness—some mystery and uncertainty is good for building attraction with all genders. But sending the first text is not going to disrupt this process.

Is He Waiting For Me To Text Him First?

There is no definitive answer to whether or not he is waiting for you to text him first. He may very well be waiting for all the reasons we’ve previously mentioned. He may also be busy.

If he is a high-quality man with a good job and lots of interests, goals, and friends, he will have less time to text.

Just as with high-quality women, high-quality men have options. There are probably other girls interested in him. Some of those women will contact him first. If you want to show your interest, I suggest that you text first, too.

Men will wait for girls to text them first in several situations:

  • When they have many options (aka, a high quality man)
  • When they are very busy
  • When they want to see if you have a high level of attraction

If you’re sitting there wondering whether or not you should text him first, go for it. Send a short text that shows him you want to connect. If he is interested in you, he will message you back.

How To Text a Guy First (5 Examples)

If you are unsure of what to text, then your best bet is to keep texts short and simple. Don’t be afraid to break the ice by asking questions, sharing hobbies, observations, etc.

Men don’t expect you to be super charming, clever, or write the perfect text. They just want to know you feel interested. Anything you text them will put you on their radar. However, it doesn’t hurt to send something funny, witty, or flirty.

Here are five example texts to send a guy:

  1. What’s up? Just wondering if you want to grab a drink sometime this week.
  2. I hope you’re doing well. I was thinking of you today and wanted to say hello.
  3. How do you feel about tacos?
  4. [Attach related image] Why did this remind me of you? 
  5. How’s my favorite [skater/surfer/book nerd/karaoke champion]?

If you’re thinking those sound like pretty basic, normal texts, that’s the point. You don’t need to write an amazing text to get a good response from a guy.

Don’t overthink it. Just send him a message that gets the ball rolling. If he is interested enough, he will definitely respond. And, trust me, he won’t care as much about the content of the message as he will about the fact that you reached out to him.

If you want to know 10 texts that guys love to receive from girls, watch this video all the way through:

Video by Brian Redmon via YouTube—Do guys like when girls text first?

Should The Guy Text First Every Time?

No, the guy should not text first every time. Just like the girl should not text first every time.

The idea of someone always texting first is bad advice. It’s focused on controlling the relationship, being chased, and establishing a lopsided romance. Everyone likes to feel desired and wanted. When someone else texts first, it feels good.

Everyone deserves someone else who shows interest and attraction by sometimes texting first.

The bottom line is that no one should always text first.

I Always Text Him First—Should I Stop?

If you always text him first, you should stop. This doesn’t mean that you should never text him first, only that you should occasionally (every 2-3 days), wait until he texts you first.

When you always text him first, you don’t give him the chance to show his investment and interest in you. I’m not saying that he should text you every day either. I am saying that if you always contact him first and don’t get a response back, it’s time to stop. Or, at least, to significantly slow down.

Guys like it when a girl texts them first most of the time. Most women would say that they like for a guy to always text them first, too. However, sometimes it unconsciously lowers a woman’s attraction for the man.

I know that sounds strange, but plenty of research and my personal experience suggest that these dynamics really matter. We don’t always like what we respond to, but we still respond to it.

Should I Text Him Every Day?

Should you text him every day?

The answer really depends on the relationship you have with him.

If you just met or just started dating, then the answer is “No.” Texting him once every few days or even once a week is fine. That lets him know you are interested. If he is interested in you, then he will text back to set up the next date.

If you have been dating for a few weeks or months, then the answer is still “No.”

Don’t text him first every day, but you can respond if he texts you. You can also text him first every few days or once per week. As your attraction and interest grow, it’s ok to text him more often, but don’t initiate texting every single day.

Once you are in a committed relationship, you can text him every day.

Until then, texting him every day doesn’t give him a chance to miss you or to show his interest in you. Texting every day might also turn him off early in a dating relationship (before you go official or exclusive).

Final Thoughts: Do Guys Like When Girls Text First?

To recap, most guys love when girls text them first. Especially at the beginning of a dating relationship where you express your desire, attraction, and interest in them.

Even as the relationship develops, many guys still really enjoy it when girls occasionally text first.

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