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Dating rules playing hard to get

He might be compartmentalizing and getting his tasks done for the day before he starts to think about romance with you. Understand he may not even realize the last time he sent you a text. Does it upset you when you write a sweet long text and he replies, with, "ok" or "yep" or "nope? Don't look at his word-count as a lack of interest. What to do: Stop living and judging the health of your new relationship based upon the frequency of texts. Most of us are attached to our phones, but sometimes the battery life gets depleted, the phone is turned off, someone went to sleep early, family commitments get in the way or they glanced at your text and decided to reply in the morning. However if every text is returned 24 hours later, then realize that he just isn't that interested in you or is playing hard to get. Watch: What to Do if He Only Wants to Text Me [vide0] What to do: You can mirror his actions by taking another 24 hours to reply, but it's just game-playing.

If you're on his mind, he might think things are fine. Take the time to enjoy the moments you have together and don't over think or spend your precious time projecting to the future. They like to engage in digital conversations with women to boost their egos to keep their options open. If he can't schedule something with you on the weekends, but loves to text with you during the week, you should be filling up your date card and keeping your options open. Let him know that you enjoy receiving texts from him and the daily banter.

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If the rhythm of your texts has gone awry from your digital crush, here are some of the reasons why and tips on how to stay calm when your phone isn't chirping or vibrating. He might be stuck in a meeting all day out of the office and forgot to tell you his schedule. If he isn't texting you, it doesn't mean you're not on his mind. They text, talk, tweet and blow-dry their hair at the same time. It's just a text and not a life-threatening illness. Use an emoticon such as a happy face to acknowledge it. Guys who are busy read the text reply quickly and move on. Rather than disappearing permanently, his texts might become less frequent while he sorts it out.

On the opposite end of the digital spectrum, the absence of a daily text or a change in routine can send many in new relationships and the lovelorn into an unnecessary panic attack. Women often tend to over-analyze the word count and sentence structure of every text they receive from men.

What's intended to just make sure you have a connection and to keep the momentum going often ends up with a bad reaction of sending a text you wish you hadn't pushed the send button on, or not sending any reply at all.

Allow your relationship to progress at its own pace. Men think about how they feel when they are around you and miss you when you're apart. If he's texting you sporadically, but not putting a date on the calendar or changing plans last minute, he just might be setting you up as a back-up girl or might have had a bump on the road with his steady sweetie. Let him know you'd like to be friends, but don't allow yourself to get invested in a relationship where you're just the backup girl. If he still doesn't up the ante, find someone else who can't wait to see your text or emoticon on his phone.

When he realizes you're a catch and doesn't want anyone stealing his girl, he'll amp it up. Read: I Saw His Text Messages: Is He Cheating or Is It Over?

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