Whatever you call them, flirty text messages are the reality for most people dating in 2017.And text message flirting can be just as scary as in-person flirting.

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First off, you need to suss out whether or not your crush is at least mildly interested in you before you blow up their phone."You know your crush is receptive to flirting if he or she is responsive," says Barbara Greenberg Ph D, a clinical psychologist who specializes in family and relationship issues. Look into the eyes of the one you are flirting with.

They speak volumes."If you're mostly limited to texting or online messaging, Dr. I put together some tried-and-true text messages to send when you want to flirt but haven't started sexting yet.

Send this to someone you've seen a few times to mix things up and get a sense of what they do to have fun.

Let them know you're not taking "I don't know, what do you want to do?

Confidence is attractive — if you're sure of yourself, they will be, too. "My friends won't stop talking about how cute you are."Why it works: There's a bit of subtle flattery in dropping that your friends know about them, that they've seen photos, and that they might just approve. Don't underestimate the power of injecting some sarcasm into your flirting.

Adding an eye roll emoji to this text playfully serves as a "don't get a big head" reminder to balance out your compliment so it doesn't read as empty sweet talk."You've kept me smiling all day."Why it works: With just the right amount of sweet, you're telling your love-to-be that the thought of them makes you a little giddy.

Giving them something nice to look at certainly won't hurt your chances of landing a date."Some friends and I are grabbing drinks later!

You should stop by (so I can show you off)."Why it works: On the surface, you've got a low-pressure invitation to a group hang out.

But you're also slyly suggesting that you're proud to be involved with — or almost involved with — the cutie in question.