The Crowd Says He's REALLY Not That Into You

Article written by guest writer Kecia Lynn

What's the Latest Development?

New Web site HeTexted claims to take the guesswork out of ambiguous text-message conversations that often occur when two people are, figuratively speaking, feeling each other out. "The site allows visitors to share texts from romantic interests, ask a question about said messages, and then get a vote from other users" on whether there's potential interest. Writer Tracy Clark-Flory reports on the various types of texts and responses posted, ranging from the generally well-meaning to the obviously trolling.

What's the Big Idea?

In a way, it's just another example of how lives are increasingly lived online, and how many of the enduring questions and uncertainties about finding love translate over. Clark-Flory writes, "Beyond the guffaw-inducing posts, there are earnest queries that reveal that the desperate search for rules on 'like' and 'love' is alive and well...We live in a time of text message screenshots and email forwards — never has it been easier to ask your friends to weigh in on a specific romantic dynamic." In HeTexted's case, the "friends" happen to be a crowd of strangers on the Internet.

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