How to Tell if Someone Likes You in Text and Through Video

Find out the nonphysical cues of attraction without meeting

By Hana O.
How to Tell if Someone Likes You in Text and Through Video

If you're reading this article, it means you have someone you can't get out of your mind. You have someone you have your eyes set on, and want to find out if they feel the same way about you. You want to find out if you're the only one going crazy trying to read between the lines.


He or she is making your life miserable as you dive into the complex world of online dating. Dating is far easier when done in person. For one, you can see their reactions to your jokes and flirty innuendos. When these are done through text, there is so much more to read into. Many times, we are left with a question mark plastered on our face while opening a message from your crush. 


Keep on reading as the nonphysical cues of attraction are laid out for you in layman's terms. You don't need to meet in person to find out if that cute boy or girl you met online has the hots for you. All you need are simple signs to look out for. 

Expressions are Different in Text and Video

The Internet has forever changed the world of dating. Gone are the days of serenades and hand-written love letters. Now, there are endless ways online to message from text through the use of social media platforms. In addition, there are video calling platforms that take things up the notch. 


Nowadays, it is common to meet potential partners online. With the use of dating apps like Tinder and Bumble, one can match with people from all over the globe just through one swipe or message. You both get talking, and now you're trying to find out if this person likes you. 


One important thing to take into consideration is that expressions are different in text and video. If you're talking to someone who has a hard time expressing themselves through writing, it will be hard to find out how they feel about you. That is where video calls come in. Maybe they are more comfortable expressing themselves virtually through video calls rather than through text. 

It is difficult to read into the emotion of a text. Take this, for example. That cute girl you've been talking to nonstop for days texts you "How's your day been?" With just that, you really can't tell if they like you, right? But what if they asked you that through video call and you could feel they were genuinely interested in how your day was. 


You can see their facial expressions. You can see their body language. You can hear the tone of their voice. All of these factors are crucial as interpretations are quite different though text and video. 

17 Ways to Tell if Someone Likes You in Text and in Video

Now that you have a vague idea about the difference of expressions in text and video, let's dive right into the detailed list of examples. 


Here is dummies guide to find out if someone likes you through text and video. 

How to Tell if Someone Likes You in Text

1. Good morning and good night messages

There is nothing more satisfying and heartwarming than receiving good morning and good night texts from someone you have your eye on. It does not need to be a long message, but just a quick "good morning." Do you know why this is great? This means that you're the first and last thing on their mind as soon as they get up and head to bed. 

2. Flirty emojis + compliments

Pay attention to those emojis. Are they using more kissy faces and winky faces compared to the first time you were talking? Are they adding more hearts and complimenting you any chance they can get in their messages? If yes, then that is an excellent sign. 

3. Engaging conversations with follow-up questions

If they ask a lot of questions and want to get to know more about you, you're on the right track. If they try their best to have engaging conversations with you, they are interested. People who reply with one-word answers and never ask any follow-up questions are just not that into you. 

4. Texts you at random times during the day

Receiving random texts from them throughout the day means they are interested in you. You are worth their time. It can be just a "Hey, what are you up to?" or an "I saw this cute video, and I remembered you." You pass their mind regularly, and they want to talk to you more. 

5. Inside jokes

Talking frequently with someone can lead to some inside jokes just between the two of you. Having inside jokes makes you feel special. It's just between the two of you, and no one else will get it. 

6. Attention to detail

This is very important. If the person you like remembers the tiniest details of your conversations together, then they're interested. He or she wants you to know that you're important. 

7. Sweet nicknames

Have you developed a pet name talking with the person you like? Are they calling you "Sunshine" or some other random nickname they thought of? Using sweet pet names with each other takes things to the next level.

8. You receive the "If I were with you right now..." message

If you start to notice them saying this, then, they are whipped. It's time to confess your love for them, just kidding (or not?). This is a very good sign because they are thinking and fantasizing about being with you.

9. They tell you they like you. Period.

The easiest and most effective way of finding out someone likes you through text is by them telling you they like you. It can be subtle, "I really like talking to you" or a flat out "I like you." Of course, not everyone is bold enough to say this, but if the person you like doesn't beat around the bush, the case is closed. 

How to Tell if Someone Likes You in Video

10. Gets dressed up before the video call

If you notice that the guy you like looks presentable during your video call or the girl you like placed on makeup and did her hair, then they want to look good for you. Effort goes a long way. If they dressed up before the call, they want you to be attracted to them. 

11. Embarrassed and shy

Transitioning from texting to video calling is a scary feat for many, especially shy people. Take note of the body language of the person on the other end. Do they look nervous and shy around you? This could be a sign that they don't want to mess up your video call, or they are just timid around others. 

12. Holds eye contact

Not everyone can hold eye contact for more than 10 seconds. Maintaining eye contact with someone, especially someone you like, can be nerve-wracking. But, if you notice them holding eye contact with you, this is a great sign. 

13. Holds engaging conversations to keep you on the video call longer

It's easier to hold long conversations through text when you're trying to get to know someone. When it's through video call, there are so many other factors to take into account. If they put in the effort to hold interesting conversations with you, then they enjoy talking with you and want the video call to last long. 

14. Makes jokes to lighten the mood

They try their best to make you feel comfortable in the call by making jokes. If they notice how tense you are and embarrassed and they try to lighten the mood, they care about you. 

15. Plans an activity for you to do together online

If they planned a Netflix party or an online game to play with you while you video call, they have their priorities in check. The bottom line is that they want to spend time with you. 

16. Compliments you

They take any opportunity to compliment you throughout the duration of the video call. "You look beautiful today," "I like the shirt you're wearing," or a simple "I like the way you styled your hair today" - any compliment means they are interested in you. 

17. Schedules your next video call

This is a promising sign. If before ending the video call, they ask when you will be talking again, it means they enjoy your company. Maybe it's not only you who is harboring feelings for the latter. 

How to Express That you are Interested in Text and in Video

With all of this said, what is the next step? If more than 10 of the signs above checks out and you have a general idea that they like you back, what do you do now? 


Now, it's your turn to make sure that they are aware of your feelings. Now, it is not the time to play hard to get. You might just make them confused about your feelings. It's quite easy, really. Just reciprocate their advances. 


Compliment them back. Be the first to send a good morning text sometimes. Ask questions. Try to get to know them more. Think and plan your future dates together. Ask them how they are doing. Use as many flirty emojis as you can, and the list goes on. 

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Talking to someone who puts in as much effort as you do in a conversation is a gift. You never feel like you're boring them. You'll never feel like you're conversing with a robot and not a living person. These are just some of the great things about dating someone interested in you. 


Get out your magnifying glass and put on your detective hat and get right to it. 


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