The Sexual Chemistry Is Off The Charts – But Are You Textually Compatible?


By Elizabeth Shore

Relationship alert! Just when you thought it was difficult enough in today’s world finding someone to hook up with, there’s an added element on the dating landscape throwing a damn monkey wrench into the whole “compatibility” conversation. Because aside from feeling the initial spark confirming that his hotness factor is gonna set your panties a’fire, besides finding out whether you have any common interests, and besides establishing that you and he rock each other’s worlds in the bedroom, there’s yet another thorny hurdle to cross. Do you and he have textual compatibility?

As Time writer Eliana Dockterman states in a recent article on “textual chemistry,” the complex emotional interactions between two people over text message can make or break a relationship. Yeah, you read that right. In other words, how you and he text one another is a very big deal.

Friends in my office, especially 20-something friends who’ve taken dating etiquette to a science, talk all the time about their prospective guy’s texting ability. Is he too fast to send messages or too slow? Are his texts too long or not long enough? How about his emoji use? Is it OK for guys to use them? Should they? Analysis of texting habits is as detailed as when gals of years ago used to talk about the kind of car a guy drove and what it said about him.

Of course, texting is today’s common form of communication. A 2015 poll by a research group found that 80% of Americans prefer texts over voice calls. And Americans spend an average of 26 minutes a day texting, according to the article. So how one communicates definitely makes a difference. Case in point: I have to fess up that I’m a frequent texter. Sometimes texting with friends is how I spend entire evenings. Well, OK. More than sometimes, actually. I do it a lot. And I admit that it can be annoying when friends are slow to respond. Or they finally respond but ignore what I wrote. By that same criteria, if a prospective date behaves textually badly, it spells trouble ahead because, as the Dockterman article points out, texting is a form of seduction.

My 20-something colleagues would certainly attest to this. Bad texters, they say, are reason enough to break off a relationship before it even gets started. Why bother? If he’s bad at texting, they say, he’s going to be bad at communicating in general.

I’m not sure I’m entirely down with that logic. What about if he’s a great communicator but texting doesn’t happen to be his preferred method. What if he’s one of those Neanderthal types who enjoys talking on the phone. Is that a relationship buster? It seems as if there must be an easier way of navigating the land mine-filled textual landscape. What are the rules, anyway?

According to Dockterman’s article, we all need to be mindful of how our personalities come across in texts. Women who make their text messages overly long, for example, might be viewed as too needy or chatty. Or desperate. But men aren’t easily let off the hook, either. Their personalities via texting are under the same scrutiny as in the days of yesteryear when they were trying to pick up women in a bar.

All in all, textual compatibility is just one measurement of whether a relationship is going to work. You still, after all, eventually have to meet in person. And sparks flying in the virtual world doesn’t necessarily equate to the same thing in person. The good news, however, is that if the in-person chemistry isn’t happening, you can easily break it off. Just send him a text.

What do you think? Do you set store by how well he texts? Will wooing in the virtual world lead to a wedding in the real one? Let us know in the comments. You can think of it as a text.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Comments

  • Madeline Iva
    February 17, 2016 at 9:07 am

    I think brilliant minds think alike. I just posted this video on having better texting skills on our LadySmut fb page yesterday. Check it out:

  • Kel
    February 17, 2016 at 11:51 am

    “Texting” compatibility is only as important as its importance to one of the people involved.

    Seriously. In a relationship where one person is very invested in texting, and the other doesn’t care, it’s important. In a relationship where both are invested, it’s important. In a relationship where neither are invested, it’s not important. If

    Humans who make blanket statements about the importance of this or that type of interaction simply tell us about how they view that particular type of interaction, not about how a prospective partner views it. In all things interpersonal, it’s how the actual person your are interacting with views the thing that makes it important or not, good or bad, sexy or off-putting.

    If texting works for you, is important to you, and you have preferences for how it should occur, then yes; Texting compatibility is just as important as any other form of communication.

    If you’ve got a wordz-fetish, it might even be more important. 😉

    • Elizabeth Shore
      February 17, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Completely agree, Kel. It’s the same as anything. if attending the opera on a weekly basis is the most important thing in your life, and your potential mate loathes anything but death metal, trouble is likely afoot!

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