Dig­i­tal Flirt­ing

The word ‘flirt­ing’ can sound out­dated. But the abil­ity to ban­ter play­fully with some­one you’re into is a valu­able dat­ing skill. ‘It height­ens sex­ual ten­sion and it helps you gauge com­pat­i­bil­ity and chem­istry,’ says dat­ing coach Lau­rie Davis Ed­wards, foun

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Pep­per in an Emoji

Toss in a wink, smi­ley face or kiss – the top emoji used by both sexes when flirt­ing on their phones, ac­cord­ing to Match’s Sin­gles in Amer­ica sur­vey. But do so spar­ingly and not in lieu of a com­plete sen­tence when one is called for, says celebrity match­maker and dat­ing strate­gist Jas­mine Diaz.

Use En­tic­ing Words

Data from dat­ing app The League found that women who write mmm, cute, aww or hand­some in their mes­sages are six times more likely to swap num­bers with a match than their less flirty coun­ter­parts. Try a line like, ‘A hand­some guy who also likes ice-cream? Mmm,’ says the app’s CEO, Amanda Brad­ford.

Shoot Over a GIF

‘When tex­ting, it can be dif­fi­cult to ex­press your­self and even more dif­fi­cult to show emo­tion, but GIFs take off some of the pres­sure,’ ex­plains Jess Carbino, PhD, Tin­der’s res­i­dent so­ci­ol­o­gist. ‘You can send a flirty GIF, such as bat­ting eye­lashes, that con­veys in­ter­est with­out hav­ing to be too for­ward.’

Get a Lit­tle Fresh

When flirt­ing with your thumbs, you need to ‘cre­ate enough rap­port that you want to meet up’, says Ed­wards. While chat­ting, look for mo­ments where you can tease or be sassy with an in­trigu­ing chal­lenge like, ‘I’ll tell you when I see you’ or ‘Won­der if you’re this funny IRL…’ He’ll bite.

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