7 Less-Obvious Texting Mistakes Women Make That Turn Good Men Off Fast

Here's how to save your text conversation.

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Do you struggle with how to start conversations on dating apps or online dating?

This isn’t brain surgery, yet so many singles find it hard to create a fun exchange.

No matter what your age is, texting can be a fun introduction to someone new — if you know how to do it.

One of my clients always started texting by asking about a man’s job, how his week was going, or where he grew up.

These uninspired openers didn’t do much to get the conversation going. These types of questions are not engaging, won’t get a man’s attention, and often result in one-word answers.


If you want more men to respond, be attracted, and inspire your conversation to go beyond a few texts to get a date, you need to spice up your game.

If you find your texts leave you with sporadic texting that trails off, no dates, and frustrated, you're probably making some serious texting mistakes. 

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Here are 7 less-obvious texting mistakes women make that turn good men off fast:

1. You attempt to "qualify" a man via text

The point of texting is to create a fun exchange that makes the man want to meet you.



That will NEVER happen if you try to vet him through your initial texts.


Don’t ask him where he went to school, what kind of job he has, or where he lives. That’s not entertaining.

Stop investigating, and instead have a little fun. Be curious about him and find out how he spends his free time.

When you keep it light and fun, you’ll entice a man to want to know more about you, talk on the phone, and then meet.

2. You text brief or one-word answers back to him or ask him questions that are too simple

If you want to get a conversation going, you need to engage the other person.

Your short greetings or responses won’t cut it.

Take the question, “How’s your week going?” for example. What can he say but “good”? That kind of inquiry doesn’t lead anywhere.


It also helps to finish your response to him by asking another question.

Make it easy for the guy to keep chatting because he might not know what to text either.

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3. You lead with generic greetings

Don’t start a texting chain with “What’s up?” You end up sounding unimaginative and just like everybody else.

Push yourself to come up with something different or interesting.

With online dating, you can ask a question from something in his profile.   

On the apps, be sure to look at all the photos of each guy — there may be one showing activity or a funny face he made that you can ask about.


4. Your questions are uninspired

If you want to have fun exchanges, don’t talk about work. You can ask, but don’t start there or linger long.

Get to more fun topics like what’s his favorite food or pizza, or what is he watching on TV.

What does he like to read? What’s his favorite movie or the last movie he saw? What kind of music does he listen to? Ask about his hobbies or how he spends his free time.

These are texts that can start a conversation!

5. You don't let your sense of humor shine.

Please lighten up and stop being so serious.

Even though everyone might not be funny, a good sense of humor goes a long way with texting. If you can be clever or quick-witted, use that to your advantage.


When you are entertaining, he’ll naturally want to know more about you.

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6. You ask awkward questions that prompt awkward answers (or none at all)

Do not ask him about his weekend plans.

If he's got plans with other women, either he’ll be vague or things could become awkward.

Neither of you is interested in hearing him explain what he’s doing on dates with other women.

7. You use the same opening line on every single man

There is no “one size fits all” texting solution.

Be creative, and whenever possible tailor your message to something specific about the man who caught your attention.




This is how you’ll stand out from other women he may be texting, or has been texting in the past. 

Here are some tips for good texting:

  • Try a compliment. You can mention eyes, biceps, or clothing to stay in the safe zone. A little flattery is fun and flirty.
  • Comment or ask a question about a photo showing an activity. That’s a great way to get a conversation going because you’ll be asking about something he enjoys.
  • If he is a Baby Boomer, you can always fall back on classic choices. For example “Coke or Pepsi?” “Beatles or Rolling Stones?” “Deep dish or NY-style pizza?” “Mountains or Ocean?”
  • Teasing is an old high school flirting trick that works at any age. You can always respond with something like, “Aw, I bet you say that to all the women.” Or “Stop making me think about you, I’m busy.” Use emoticons when teasing like a wink so he knows you’re kidding.
  • Keep it short for the best chance of getting a response.

Stop texting when the man makes no effort!

Last but not least, if you’re texting with a guy who responds with one-word answers and never asks any questions, recognize that’s a sign.

He’s letting you know he’s not into you or he’s lazy. Either way, why keep texting him?

Many of my clients want to know how to keep the texting going, but I don’t advise that.


The only reason you’re texting is that you hope to meet him and go on a date.

After a few exchanges, drop a guy who doesn’t make any effort.

After seven days, if he hasn't asked to meet, you can ask him. If he puts you off or makes excuses, block him and move on if you are serious about finding love.

Why waste time texting a man who isn’t hot to meet you? Getting to the face-to-face date is what you are after — and what you deserve!

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Ronnie Ann Ryan is an Intuitive Coach, Past Life Reader, and author of six books. She’s the creator of the free audio course How to Ask the Universe for a Sign and Get an Answer Within 24 Hours. She's been published on ABC, BBC, and NPR.