We've heard it all before:
"He didn't put an 'x' at the end of his text"
"He called me 'mate'"
"He said 'love ya', not 'love you'"
"He said 'see you soon', but how soon is soon? When will I see him again? Who's court is the ball in?"
"He hasn't text me yet. We had a great connection. Why hasn't he text me?"
"He text me! Right, so now I have to wait at least nineteen hours to reply. Yeah?"
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
It's a conversation that we've all had with at least one of our girlfriends (no porkies - you know it's true!).
We try to figure out the subtext of his text, the emotion behind every 'x', the meaning behind each emoticon (is that a sexy or constipated face?).
And as a writer, (and a girl, obvz) I have been seriously guilty of deconstructing texts from boys. To me, the written word is full of purpose, meaning, intent. I spend my days crafting words. Words are a big fucking deal. The wrong word can be the nail in the coffin at your appraisal, can give an immediate bad impression in a job interview, can upset a friend or family member in seconds. If your friend asks you if she looks fat, the difference between the teeny tiny words: 'yes', 'no', 'maybe', is astonishing.
Words are KEY.
And that's why it becomes so easy to over-think, over-worry, and over-analyse. We can't read his mind, but we can read his text.
In reality, however, he's probably not taking a time-out in the toilet to read and re-read your message in order to craft the perfect reply which spans witty, casual, flippant, interested, cute, sexy and intriguing. He's probably just on the bus, or with his mum, or at the pub, or playing Playstation.
So let's all chill out. Sure, we can spend time writing a nice little response. Ask our mates for their input. But as soon as you start outlining a time frame in which to reply, or judging an entire relationship on one strand of text communication, you're in dangerous territory.
I'm really interested in hearing from you guys on this - girls/boys, are you guilty of any of the above?