The guy doesn't necessarily HAVE to, but it's expected to. If you don't text the girl first but you like her, it could come off as that you're not interested, which is especially bad if she likes you back.
in most cases him.. even tho we are in modern times.. It's nice to be courted by a guy.. Just don't be a princess about it and initiate about 35% of the time so he knows your into him and appreciate his effort.
I think it depends on who is interested first. I mean let's say you are the one who likes her, or are merely interested in her, in this case you should text. If the situation is reversed, then the girl should text first. What I believe is, be true to your heart because once you lose the chance you might not get it back. And I rather do what my heart tells me to, than regret that I never did and keep wondering what if. I msged my boyfriend first because I was curious in asking him about a certain topic. I just keep following my heart and do what I wish freely. The worst that could happen is that he or she says no, and if they do say so, oh well, then I'd move on to another person until I get lucky?
I don't really like texting all too much, but I would prefer it to be a mix of both. If I'm starting the conversation every time, I feel like he's not interested. If he's starting the conversation every time, he's probably annoying me because I don't wait a long time between conversations and if he wants to talk earlier than I want to then I feel like I need a little breathing room. I like my space.
Whoever obtains the number first, although I don't really care all that much, haha!
If I get a guy's number and respond by giving him mine, I still think I should probably text first because I got his number first. If I'm asked and I give him my number, and he then also gives me his, because he got mine first, I'll expect him to text first.
Personally, I still say that texting takes the spark and steam out of conversing.
The best rapport I've had so far is where one of us calls, hangs up, and the other sends a follow-up text ("?") to which we respond. It doesn't matter who starts or ends every text as long as it starts and ends on a positive note.