Online dating is a game. And like every game, it has its own rules and strategies you can deploy. If you know the secrets of the play, you are bound to be successful. One topic that raises the most concerns about online dating, is the response time, aka the amount of time you should wait before replying or sending a message after a wink. This sounds like a trivial problem at first. “Why should I wait? I have the notification option turned on; I’ll know instantly when a match has been found for me!” This is an earnest opinion, but flawed nonetheless. The time spent between the successful matchmaking and the first message sent can be indeed a deal-breaker.
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Over Eagerness vs Slow Responses
Your response time tells a lot about you. A common mistake among single men is that they respond too early, because they think this is the polite thing to do – not to mention they want to capture and keep a woman’s attention. However, overeagerness might make you look like creepy or crazy in the eye of the other. An overly rapid response is the worst course of action you can take. If you are a man, don’t be afraid to wait a day. However, women should avoid playing the “waiting game” . As you can see, men are often quite the impatient type, and they are prone to declare a partner cold or unresponsive if they fail to give a response in time. One day is the longest period of time you should wait as a woman, but it’s safer to delay it for half a day only.
Timing, Instead of Delaying
In reality, the aspect of responding is more about guessing the other’s status, and not about the action of contact itself. Instead of counting the hours for the perfect reply, try to time it well. Making a move on a wink or message on a Friday or Saturday night, communicates that there is nothing really going on at your end, thus you have a boring life. Also, avoid replies at 1am, because the other might think you are a creep who is up all night, starving for attention. Just play it cool, and write a message during the afternoon. This is the time when most people are in boring routines (traveling home, having a nap, etc.), giving an impression that you have important things to do, and only now realized that someone sent you a wink.