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How Long Do You Take to Respond to a Text Message?

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How long do you wait to text someone back, especially if it's someone you're interested in? A new poll about texting and dating from U.K.-based mobile news site Recombu finds that most men will respond to a text from a woman within one hour of first receiving it, How About We reports.



The findings, which were first reported by Mashable, also show that after the first hour, there's a smaller -- but still fairly good chance -- the guy will respond within the next 24 hours. If he hasn't responded by the next day, the chances of him replying within two days, or by the next week, are small -- more likely than not, he won’t reply at all. (We've all been there.)

As for women, like men, most will reply to a text message within an hour of getting it. However, unlike men, if they don’t respond within an hour, they're almost just as likely to reply within 24 hours. Yup... it's called playing hard to get. We've often wondered about texting etiquette, and not just when you're dating. Since text messages are so immediate, is there an obligation to write back as soon as you receive it? Or is it OK to wait an hour or two... maybe even a day?

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  • sophie 2012/05/01 21:48:07
    I respond within minutes
    sophie
    +3
    I either respond straight away of if it is an aquard txt of the other person then maybe a few minutes/ hours.

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  • GinaAndLiz 2012/05/01 18:57:28
    I respond within minutes
    GinaAndLiz
    Unless I'm absorbed in something (drawing, sewing), working, or otherwise unable to get to my phone. In which case: Whenever I get the text I respond.
  • Ex Republican 2012/05/01 18:54:04
    I respond whenever I get around to it
    Ex Republican
    +1
    i don't text. I have no desire for anyone to have instant access to me.
  • baxter 2012/05/01 18:21:48
    I respond within minutes
    baxter
    IF ITS MY BFRIEND I TEXT HIM BACK BUT ANY BODY ELSE WHEN I GET ROUND 2 IT
  • SlashGashNightmare 2012/05/01 18:09:04
    I respond whenever I get around to it
    SlashGashNightmare
    not really a texter.
  • Carebear 2012/05/01 17:59:54
    I respond whenever I get around to it
    Carebear
    most of the time if im not busy like around 4:00 pm its kinda hard to text because i am in classes. when im out at 3:30 and out of group around 4:00 i text within seconds of who ever texts me. i dont like to keep ppl waiting
  • Lonna121593 2012/05/01 17:48:06
    I respond within minutes
    Lonna121593
    +1
    unles im in class.
  • LeroyRogers 2012/05/01 17:38:37
    I respond whenever I get around to it
    LeroyRogers
    +1
    if you want a response, you can call me.
  • Victor.Ojeda7 2012/05/01 16:59:01
    I respond whenever I get around to it
    Victor.Ojeda7
    the fastest way to reach me is by calling me
  • justnotsaying (: 2012/05/01 16:44:59
    I respond whenever I get around to it
    justnotsaying (:
    +1
    If I'm busy, it takes a while. If I'm not busy I respond right back.
  • TKramar 2012/05/01 16:06:06 (edited)
    I respond whenever I get around to it
    TKramar
    +1
    Believe it or not, I don't even have the damn thing turned on, most of the time. The only reason I ever got the dang thing in the first place was because I wound up homeless, and had to give my job a phone number they could reach me at. Why they always want that, and then never call you, I'll never figure out. Anyway, now they have my landline, if they should ever need to call.

    People call that number, I screen it, and only answer if I feel like it.

    EDIT: In regards to a romantic partner, or potential romantic partner, if I'm at work they're not getting a response until work is over for the day. I might check it at lunch, or I might not--I might work through lunch. But even then, I might not want to respond after midnight.
  • TRUENEP... TKramar 2012/05/01 19:12:24
    TRUENEPHILIM
    maybe if you were more accessible and were able to communicateproperly in this high paced socity...you would't have been homeless....a phone and a brain are the best tools anyone could have
  • TKramar TRUENEP... 2012/05/01 20:05:36 (edited)
    TKramar
    Girlfriend kicked me out. I moved in with her, and she broke up with me, and decided I had to go.

    Now, I've got a place to stay, but no girlfriend--it's better that way.

    Oh, and to explain the other thing. I work from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. (roughly). Work isn't a place you should be answering any calls from anyone! Lunch is after midnight, and that 's kinda late to be calling most people anyhow.
  • shellyBlink182ToMark17 2012/05/01 15:56:02
    I respond whenever I get around to it
    shellyBlink182ToMark17
    if its important then i will anwser. i dont answer if i dont want to talk to you
  • Tashia florez 2012/05/01 15:54:26
    I respond within minutes
    Tashia florez
    why are you asking ?????
  • ocean tamer 2012/05/01 15:39:20
    I respond within minutes
    ocean tamer
    it depends really!
  • seahawk665 2012/05/01 15:37:22
    I respond whenever I get around to it
    seahawk665
    +2
    Could be right away.....could be hours later.....or even days later. I don't carry my phone around with me all the time, so it all depends on when I get around to checking my phone for text messages. Also, in the off-chance I actually have my phone in my pocket, I don't text during classes, work, or when I'm driving. So, it then depends on whether or not I remember to respond afterwards.
  • paddy Pete 2012/05/01 15:27:22
    I respond whenever I get around to it
    paddy Pete
    Depends on if it is urgent. i.e. work related or not
  • James 2012/05/01 15:09:29
    I respond whenever I get around to it
    James
    Depends on if I'm at work or not or what I'm doing. If I'm at work I won't write back until my lunch back at around 8-9 pm. Or when I get off at 1am. If I'm plying a game I'll pause it, check the message and if you're important enough I'll write back.
  • elisa 2012/05/01 14:58:06
    I respond within minutes
    elisa
    because i like to send text message
  • ♥K14 2012/05/01 14:56:53
    I respond whenever I get around to it
    ♥K14
    I don't respond.
  • smitty 2012/05/01 14:17:59
    I respond whenever I get around to it
    smitty
    +1
    Depends on who it is and what they want. Just like a phone call.
  • sweet silver 2012/05/01 13:36:31
    I respond whenever I get around to it
    sweet silver
    +1
    I WILL TXT BACK WHEN EVER I FEEL LIKE IT DONT RUSH ME BUT SOMETIMES IT DEPENDS ON WHO IS TXTIN ME IF IT'S MY BFF ILL TXT BACK FAST BUT IF IT'S SOMEONE I DONT LIKE ILL RESPOND .....EVENTUALLY XD
    depends txtin bff ill txt fast ill respond eventually xd

    TXT ME LATER CANT YOU SEE IM SPEEING!!!!!!
  • !TARD~MUFFIN! 2012/05/01 13:31:35
    I respond within minutes
    !TARD~MUFFIN!
    Within a couple minutes. :P
  • Dave**Gay for Girls** 2012/05/01 13:21:57
  • Chi~Cat Dave**G... 2012/05/01 13:30:09
    Chi~Cat
    +3
    I know you are Responsible. However, this what happens when driving whilst texting! lol!

    car doing donuts gif
  • Dave**G... Chi~Cat 2012/05/01 13:32:17
  • Chi~Cat Dave**G... 2012/05/01 14:57:50
    Chi~Cat
    +2
    He thought it was all about "foot power"

    fred flintstone care
  • Chi~Cat 2012/05/01 13:12:04
    I respond within minutes
    Chi~Cat
    +3
    Or, longer, depends if I am in a meeting or in the Halls of Justice~! LOL!
  • Steampunk King 2012/05/01 13:04:57
    I respond within an hour or so
    Steampunk King
    Unless I'm playing video games, cause then I'm usually yelling at some kid who thinks he all that, or is trash talking my friends.
  • Emma 2012/05/01 12:42:20
    I respond within minutes
    Emma
    unless im busy like playing in a basketball game. then i wait till the end and respond
  • BUCCANEER~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2012/05/01 12:32:32
    I respond whenever I get around to it
    BUCCANEER~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    In short never,I don't text
  • RoyDMercer - IFOTFD 2012/05/01 12:12:54
    I respond within 24 hours
    RoyDMercer - IFOTFD
    depends on the importance of the text. If it is just grab-assing, I may not reply at all, but instead call them.
  • Iamnotdana 2012/05/01 11:14:44
    I respond within minutes
    Iamnotdana
    Wow my friends disagree with my answer I guess I answer pretty quickly ?!? Idk
  • The Logical Canadian 2012/05/01 11:07:28
    I respond within minutes
    The Logical Canadian
    On top the txt first thing
  • TC 2012/05/01 09:11:56
    I respond whenever I get around to it
    TC
    Id rather call than text. no texting
  • David 2012/05/01 09:06:31
    I respond whenever I get around to it
    David
    I will not text back if my friends are trying to make small talk. There's no point to it. If it is a mildly important text, I answer when I can. And if it's a super important one, I'll answer right away. But that said, I don't want to spend half of my day on the phone. And I definitely don't want to be one of those rude, rude people who text in the middle of a real life conversation. That totally pisses me off!
  • Boo! 2012/05/01 08:37:40
    I respond within an hour or so
    Boo!
    or as soon as i get it depend on who the person is!
  • Juliet 2012/05/01 08:35:06
    I respond within minutes
    Juliet
    why out off a msg when they are so convenient?
  • Soms Cougli 2012/05/01 08:09:39
    I respond whenever I get around to it
    Soms Cougli
    +1
    Usually it's pretty immediate, but I work full time, and I don't reply while I'm working aha.
  • Wanderer 2012/05/01 06:51:20
    I respond within minutes
    Wanderer
    I'm old school and still believe it's impolite to let people wait for an answer...that goes for calls,texts and everyday conversation.

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