If you've recently been on a date, you're probably wondering when to expect the other person to text you.
We surveyed hundreds of men and women and tallied their responses below.
Along with gender, we also totaled responses by age. This helps provide you an expectation that's more realistic depending on how old you are.
Lastly, we also asked whether they expect men to text first after the first date.
By the end, you'll know exactly whether you should be holding out hope for a response or preparing to move on.
Based on the chart above, most men like to text that same day.
A total of 11.35% of men message within an hour of the date finishing.
That was a bit surprising.
I assume it's guys just saying how they enjoyed their time.
92.27% text within 48 hours.
If you're a girl waiting for a text (and it's been a couple days), odds are that he won't reach out. Still, it's worth messaging yourself.
I'm personally in the minority. While I can't remember the exact timeline I've used, I'm pretty sure I've waited 2+ days many times.
Women wait nearly the same amount of time to text men after their date.
Most text that same day (with 9.84% within the hour).
If it's been a couple days, just reach out to them.
You have nothing to lose.
They could be waiting for you to do the same. I understand not wanting to seem desperate, but most people text quickly anyway.
If she likes you, the timing of your first text won't matter.
Based on the table below, we can tell that the younger you are, the more likely you'll text sooner than later.
The largest difference is the category of waiting 2+ days:
Only 2.17% of those aged 18-27 wait 2 days or more to text (after the first date).
While 17.53% of those 43 or older text after 2+ days.
What about later that day?
Those aged 18-27 text later that day 57.61% of the time, while those who are 43+ only do it 22.68% of the time
Across all age groups, most prefer to text either "Later that day" or "The following day" after a first date.
|Age Group||Within an Hour||Later That Day||The Following Day||2+ Days|
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"Do you believe men are typically the ones to text first (after a first date)?"
So if you're a guy, she's not necessarily waiting for you to be the one to reach out.
If you're a girl and haven't been messaged yet, there is a bit of a less chance he'll message you. He more likely believes he's supposed to text first.
Overall, the largest disparity was with males between the ages 18-27:
88.37% of them believe men are typically the ones to text first. Those who were 43 or older said yes 61.70% of the time.
|Age Group / Gender||Yes (%)||No (%)|
|Total for Men||76.29%||23.71%|
|Total for Women||51.81%||48.19%|
As a whole, men and women wait to text around the same amount of time.
Essentially, if they haven't already messaged you within 48 hours after the date, they're probably not going to.
However, they may be waiting for you to do the same.
Therefore, you shouldn't wait too long for them to reach out. So, if you prefer not being the one to text first, don't go more than a couple days of waiting.
The study went from 10/28/23 to 10/29/23.