Most Helpful Guy
How old is he? If he's over the age of 22, give it 3-5 business days.
It takes a confident person with a healthy self-esteem to not be afraid to text back immediately or whenever the hell they feel like it. Instead, people usually let the following thinking get the best of them:
- If I text back "too soon" it might come across as desperate
- I may make the other person like me more if I play "hard to get"
Implicit in that line of thinking is:
1. "Negative reinforcement" (i. e., I'm insecure and doubtful about myself, and whether I am or should be desperate or very desirable in the marketplace; so, I want to behave in ways that "reinforce" the idea that "I'm not desperate").
2. I don't feel that my 100% natural self is "sufficient" to make me attractive enough to this person, so I'm looking for ways to make myself "more" attractive to this person, to make up for the fact that I might not otherwise be "attractive or desirable enough" for this person the way that I am naturally.
What a lovely way to start out a new relationship, but I digress.
If it's happened once, just give the person the benefit of the doubt and bring it up in a nice way next time you talk to them. For example, "Hey, was everything okay? I started getting a little worried, I was about to call the police and file a missing persons report. You just went MIA for like two days. I thought, jeez, maybe he like REALLY didn't like those jeans. I knew I should have gotten the ones with a beer bottle and a football in rhinestones." (it's funny, you're not being serious, but you're making it comfortable for him to explain what happened, and assure you why it won't happen again or why this situation was unique and out of the ordinary).
Worst case scenario, he doesn't call you back. So what?
Just relax and wait 1-2 more days. In the meantime, stop driving yourself nuts. If you have his number, try texting him first with that casually funny script above. It could be something as stupid as him losing his cell phone with your number on it, or getting stuck in an elevator, or losing his charger and his phone dying. You don't know, the possibilities are endless, so just stop wandering.
Most Helpful Girl
Be patient, time will tell
Just continue living your life as you always do