The word ‘flirting’ can sound outdated.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
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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