Texting any sooner can signal you're TOO interested 😬
Texting any later can signal you're NOT interested 😪
The more accurate and nuanced answer, though, is...
The stronger your connection on the date, the sooner it's OK text.
For example, if you shared a hot-and-heavy kiss at the end, and you both couldn't stop blabbering about how you can't wait to see each other again, and you even made plans for a second date before you parted ways...
First off, good for you 😏
Second off, texting something like the following that same night might be appropriate:
📲💬 Message #1:I had the best time with you tonight
📲💬 Message #2:Lmk when you get home so I know you're safe 🥰
If you're not 100% sure when you should text, though, the safest choice is to just wait for around noon the next day, and use the message pattern we covered earlier!
3. Why the three-day rule is dumb
I'd not heard of the "three day rule" before preparing to write this article, but supposedly it states that you should wait three days to follow up after a first date.
I was hesitant to even address it here because...
The three day rule is a steaming pile of b.s. 💩
Still, I'm touching on it to dispel any misconceptions you have about texting women.
☑️ It's true that looking too eager can signal desperation, which can turn women off...
🤢 However, acting like someone you're not (e.g. trying to "play it cool") always turns women off...
🤷♀️ Also, women with options don't usually wait around for guys who play it cool...
In short, do NOT wait 3 days to text a woman after a date.
4. First Date Texting FAQ
Before we wrap up, let's touch on four other post-first date texting FAQs.
Q: When should you ask a girl on a second date?
A: There's no rush to ask her on a second date. However, if you two formed a genuine connection, you'll want to see each other again within a week unless there's a reason you can't (e.g. you're out of town). Ask her on a second date once she signals she enjoyed your first date!
Q: What if she doesn't seem interested?
A: If she takes >24 hours to reply to your text, and she her response is tepid, she may not want a second date. And that's OK! There are 1,000 reasons she could lose interest that have nothing to do with you. The only way to know for sure if she is, or isn't, interested is to ask her out again.
Q: Is it OK to call instead of text after a first date?
A: There aren't firm rules here, but texting tends to be the norm for how people communicate between at least their first few dates. Unless you're confident she would appreciate a phone call, you're best off sticking to text.
Q: Will a woman ever text first after a date?
A: Sometimes! There aren't firm rules here either, and it's usually a good sign if a girl proactively texts you after a first date (unless of course her message is "I had fun, but...")
Q: What if I have another texting question?
A: Check out my Texting Operating System already — it covers literally EVERY message you need to send to a woman to go from initial match or meeting to relationship, with zero stress or anxiety, so you never send the wrong message again!
Wrap up & next steps
Now that you know what to text after a first date...