Why She Never Initiates Texts (but always responds)

August 26th, 2023 

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If you're talking to a girl who never sends that first message, it's only logical to assume something is wrong.

It generally indicates a lack of interest if she never initiates texts (but always responds). She may enjoy chatting but doesn't think of you often enough to start a conversation. However, shy girls or those who are just busy can be an exception. Ultimately, it comes down to the individual and what she's like.

We'll go over the most common reasons why she isn't initiating texts and what to do about it.

Girl Never Initiates Texts But Always Responds

It's not always a bad sign if she never starts the conversation. Here's some legitimate reasons why she could be doing it:

  • She wants you to chase her. Playing games (especially through text) is pretty common. This girl might be playing hard to get. You can ignore or call her bluff by reducing contact (if you're confident enough).
  • She's just shy. Some girls are rather timid and introverted. This becomes more likely if there's a large age gap between you. It may take time for her to open up.

  • She's not a big texter. It's rare, but it does happen. Some girls just don't care for long talks through text or Whatsapp. If she's always been like this but still seems interested in you, it's likely not worth worrying about.

  • She's legitimately busy. No need to worry if she's only been like this for a week or two. Maybe she's been busy with school, work, her personal life, or whatever. Life can throw some distractions at you at any time. Giving it a few weeks before assuming something is wrong is best.

If the girl you're talking to is still very engaged in your conversation, it's likely not worth stressing about. The main thing is whether she actually puts the effort in when talking to you.

Here are the main causes that are a bit more concerning:

She's put you in her friend zone

If you're in her friend zone, it can mean she's solely relying on you to reach out. She knows you'll keep messaging her and doesn't feel the need to do anything about it. 

You don't want to be her orbiter forever

It can be very draining if you continue investing time in her when it's hopeless. Recognize that she's made her decision.

If you're unsure if you're on those terms, then ask her out. Just be prepared to move on if she turns you down.

If you already have gone out with her, then check out how to not get friendzoned on dates for next time.

She's seeing someone else

She won't put much effort into texting you if she started talking to another guy (and wants to start seeing him).

Another possibility is that she's using you. This chick likes some other guy more than you, but she wants to see how it work out first.

Either way, you're not on her mind enough to text you.

She's soft ghosting you

The worst outcome is if this girl decides to soft ghost you.

This means she wants to cut you off but still feels bad about doing it. So, she instead stops initiating messages and starts giving dry, low-effort responses.

Gauge her recent texting behavior. It might be soft ghosting if she used to be very involved in your chats, but now gives single-word responses.

She's not sure about you

Essentially, you're on her "back burner." She somewhat likes you but, for whatever reason, is still hesitant (maybe you're a boring texter). Therefore, she won't actively "pursue" you yet or start any dialogue.

It could also be that she's uncertain about dating anyone right now. Maybe she has too much going on to think about a relationship. So, you're forever kept in limbo while she remains undecided.

She's upset with you

Something happened that lowered her interest in you. She could be upset and wants to "send you a message" by putting some space between you. Maybe it's something you said, something you did, or something she heard about you from a friend. Who knows.

Yet, she still responds because she doesn't want to end things between you.

As long as she's actively talking in your chats, it's probably nothing to worry about

This means despite not starting a conversation, she still asks follow-up questions about you or whatever you're talking about. Try not to drive yourself crazy reading into every message for what it could mean.

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What to Do About Her Lack of First Texts

The main thing is how involved she is in your conversations. 

It could be she just waits for you to have time in your day to chat. So, don't worry if she doesn't initiate texts when everything is otherwise normal.

Ultimately, the best course of action is to ask her out.

It's pointless to waste time debating why she may act a certain way. Instead, you can cut to the chase and ask her out. If she likes you and there's nothing wrong, she'll agree.

There are ways to indirectly ask someone out (in case you're a bit shy). Otherwise, text something as simple as this:

"We should chill soon."

It really doesn't need to be more complicated than that

You can suggest doing something fun (for whatever reason I always default to bowling). Avoid going to the movies as it doesn't give you a chance to talk.

If she doesn't agree to go out and still isn't initiating your text, then you should be prepared to move on. There are tons of girls out there waiting if you're willing to meet them.

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I Always Text Her First. Should I Stop?

It's generally ideal for equal engagement between you both. Obviously though, it doesn't always work out that way.

You don't want a girl who doesn't take you seriously

So, stop initiating your texts with her for a bit. It may seem petty to "play games" like that, but everyone does it to some degree.

Give it a week or two. If you mean anything to her, she'll reach out well before then.

If she doesn't, then it could be a sign to move on. 

It's still best in most situations to ask them out though (as she could just be shy).

Regardless, don't obsess about her. You should aim to always have at least two girls you're messaging. You'll have a much healthier mindset when you're not dependent on any one girl.

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