I have never really been the type of person to win superlatives. But this is only because there was no slot in my high school or college yearbooks for “Most Likely To Send Mixed Signals.” Had that been there, I would have won by a landslide.
All of my friends (and guys I texted for a while, couldn’t decide if I liked or not, and accidentally forgot to respond to a text for an entire semester) (yep, that happened) can attest to this. It’s a true problem. It is not an easy crown to bear, but hey– someone has to do it! Though I missed my chance for eternal superlative glory in the yearbook, I have decided to use my unfortunate penchant for sending mixed signals for good. Check out these 11 ways to tell if you’re sending your crush mixed signals:
You're Trying To Play It CoolAffected coolness usually ends up being...not very cool. Skip it! Being genuine is always more important. For example, don't ignore their Instagram follow request and DO smile at them when they say hi to you in the hallway. Image source:iStock
You Wait A Long Time To Respond To TextsThis is usually either a byproduct with attempting to "play it cool," or being the kind of person who opens a text, thinks "hmm, cool," closes the phone, and forgets that the text ever existed in the first place. So: If you're waiting too long on purpose, don't. Just respond when you get a text. If you're forgetful, like me, my advice is to not open any texts until you're committed to responding. Image source:iStock
Sarcasm Is Your Native TongueI've totally, totally been there. For this, I simply say to let your crush know that you are a very sarcastic person, but let them know when you are being serious. Image source:iStock
Your Preferred Style Of Flirting Is Staring Intently At Your Crush And Hoping They Get ItYeah. I've been there, and this isn't gonna work. Say "hey" sometime, it works miracles. Image source:iStock
Your Body Language Is...Not InvitingLook down. Are your lips pouted, shoulders hunched, arms crossed? I ask only because this is a position that I often find myself in (it's comfortable, what can I say?). Unfortunately for me and all Slouchers Anonymous, this basically says to the world, "I am not interested." So throw your shoulders back every now and then! Your chiropractor will thank you. Image source:iStock
You've Got The Ol' Shifty EyesEye contact is just the worst! I hate it and, if possible, I would never look anyone in the eyes ever. Unfortunately, this is a vital part of creating "human connections," so it's a good idea to gaze coquettishly into your crush's eyes every now and then so they know you are interested. Image source:iStock
You're Trying To See Who Can Care The LeastThis, my friend, is a slippery, slippery slope. Affected ambivalence never really works as well as one might hope, because trying to not care generally sends the message that, hey, you don't actually care. You know what is effective? Enthusiasm! It's new and refreshing in this age of irony. Image source:iStock
You Only Hang Out With Them In GroupsI get it-- you only have so much time, so why not spend it hanging out with everyone that you like? The only problem is that your crush might not be able to figure out the distinction. Try to mix it up and hang out one-on-one a few times. Image source:iStock
Your Preferred Method Of Flirting Is A Little Second GradeThat is, you tease them relentlessly as a signal that you're interested. Sometimes this works, but more often than not, your crush will just think you hate them a little. This is an easy fix, though, and there's no need to completely change your cutting remarks. Just make sure to throw in a few compliments in with your delightfully acerbic commentary!Image source:iStock
You Don't Talk To Them At SchoolMaybe you wear blinders when you're at school! I don't know. But, it's important to show them that you are interested when you see them in the hallway. Say hi between classes, see if you can study together for US History, hang out by their locker for the entire day. Whatever. I don't know your life! Image source:iStock
You Like To Remind Them That You're WantedWhether this means talking about your ex, flirting with other people, or texting and/or sexting in front of them, this isn't cool. They'll most likely think you actually like the other people you're using to make them jealous, and then what is even the point? Image source:iStock
Were you surprised by any of these ways to send mixed signals? Are there any I didn’t think of? Let me know in the comments below!