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10 Things Guys Think When You Don't Text Them Back

Mostly he just watches iFlix for a few hours.

1. She better be dead. This is a horrible thing to wish upon someone, but admit it, you've thought it when someone didn't text you back. There are only a handful of reasons that excuse you from being a shitty person, and all of them involve personal tragedy. Being dead is a pretty good reason to not shoot back an "lol" text.

2. Don't send a follow-up text...don't send a follow-up text...don't send a follow-up text. This becomes a mantra. You don't want to be that person who just starts trying to stretch the conversation out by sending sparse half-sentences every few hours until your chat history is just a one-sided timestamp graveyard.

3. Maybe she didn't get my text? This is almost as bad as thinking follow-up texts are OK. Resending the same text is also a pretty bad idea. You can do this to a person, like, once a year. That's all you get.

4. Is this a mind game? Maybe she wants to see how I'll react. If this is a test, there is no right answer. 

5. Screw this, I'm just going to do whatever. Guys typically have an innate ability to just throw their phone into a corner of the room and forget about it for a few hours. Honestly, if you're playing hard to get, 90 percent of their time is devoted to not thinking about the fact that you didn't text.

6. Oh, I have a text, maybe it's from her. Whenever you're hoping to hear from someone, the alert on your phone is always because of a text from your service provider saying your bill is due in a few days.

7. Maybe I did something wrong? At this point, it's about eight hours since he last heard from you. Now is when doubt starts to creep in.

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8. WHAT DID I DO AM I A MONSTER? This won't occur to a guy until right when he's trying to go to bed. Now is the time to analyze every word of that last text and wonder if they fucked up.

9. Should I try calling? No. No one calls anymore unless it's an emergency.

10. If she's not responding, then neither am I. And now the relationship falls into a very tenuous place. Maybe you were just busy and you hit him up the next day, and everything is fine. Or it becomes a texting cold war and you both let your soul mate slip away because you were too proud.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.