What To Do When She Doesn’t Text You Back!
1. Give her a day to reply before you send another text
Assume that your message was delivered successfully. Unless your phone says otherwise, it’s almost guaranteed that she received it.
Maybe she just hasn’t seen it yet. Maybe she did but she’s busy with work, study, or something else in the real world. Maybe she is waiting to respond because it’s not her top priority in the moment. Maybe she’s playing coy. Or maybe she just became bored of the conversation.
Regardless of the reason, hitting her up again within 24 hours almost never yields good results.
When a woman is talking to a new guy, she’s cautious about the situation. She wants to make sure you’re not too intense, needy, or overly invested.
If she didn’t see the message and you ping her again, it feels like you’re desperate for a response.
If she did see the message and is waiting or choosing not to respond, your follow-up often reinforces that she shouldn’t reply. It feels overbearing and like you’ve got nothing better to do.
I’m not saying to pretend like you’re cool and aloof. Rather, I want you to put yourself in the shoes of a confident man with options who’s not seeking approval. He might think, “that sucks” when he doesn’t get a reply…but then he’s going to focus on something else. He’s going to be productive, hang out with friends, do something fun for himself, and talk to other women.
He’s not sitting at home agonizing over the response time of a girl he barely knows.
2. But don’t wait more than 2-3 days to text again
That said, a lot of guys go the opposite of intense messaging and instead distance themselves completely. They decide not to message for multiple days, weeks, or ever again — even if this was the first time she went cold.
One reason guys do this is to avoid appearing needy and desperate. But as I’ve said before, neediness comes down to your mindset. If you genuinely want to connect with this girl and are pulling away to manipulate her approval of you — you’re being needy.
Another reason is that guys feel they put enough in effort and now it’s the girl’s turn to respond. I wish the world worked like that. Some women will reinitiate contact but many more, even ones that are interested, won’t. If this is just the first time she’s stopped responding, there’s no point in playing the waiting game and potentially missing your window of opportunity.
Hit her up within a few days and follow the ideas below for your message.
3. Don’t ask if she got your last text or talk about the same thing
I know you might feel lost when reinitiating with a girl who went quiet. Your natural inclination may be to double-check if she received your message or repeat the same topic.
For example, perhaps she went silent after you asked her what she’s doing on Thursday. You write something like…
“I guess sitting at home and not talking to anyone then =P” [Making fun of her not answering]
“So what did you end up doing Thursday?” [Asking her after the fact]
“Not sure if you got my last message but I was wondering what your plans were for Thursday?” [Double checking]
These rarely ever work. Even when you think you’re being sarcastic about her lack of reply, you’re coming off as passive-aggressive and bitter.
This girl stopped responding after your last message FOR A REASON. Pushing her to reply to that specific idea or checking on her like you’re her dad isn’t exciting. It also makes it feel like you’re hung up on why she didn’t respond.
You also don’t want to invite her out as your first message back to her. This is especially true if your previous unanswered text was about trying to set up plans.
She may have not been comfortable enough or excited enough yet to commit to a date. You pushing again without addressing those feelings (through positive emotion, see below) will often yield another silent response or no commitment.
It’s better to start with a more casual and engaging message, have a few texts back and forth, and then invite her out when she’s expressing positive emotions. Because if she went radio silent after your first invitation, you have to make the second one count.
Women can feel awkward about telling a guy off twice. They know you’re probably feeling rejected and frustrated which makes them feel uncomfortable. In turn, they can pull back to avoid confrontation or convince themselves it wasn’t meant to be. Then they go back to ignoring you or tell you sorry, but they’re not interested.
So why blow your chances by rushing it? Sending a couple more playful messages will shift the vibe and make her feel more secure about your connection. Here’s how you should be getting back into conversation: