Why Online Connections Fizzle Out

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A little withholding can propel things forward

When it comes to moving the ball forward, “Sometimes it requires someone pulling back and saying, ‘We aren’t just going to text back and forth. I’m setting a boundary here,’” Hoffman states. “When you say ‘I’d love to tell you more in person,’ that’s an invitation that will require action from the other person. They will either need to lean in and say ‘Why don’t we get a drink?’ or ‘Why don’t we do a hike?’ or you get to see that they’re not serious. There are plenty of people who are bored, lonely and will be happy to talk your ear off over text, but don’t really have the intentions of meeting face to face and you have to be able to separate then.”

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