You've probably gotten this message more times than you can count in both hands. If you have, then you've also probably wondered what does "hey you" mean in a text. After all, the texting and instant messaging world comes with its own set of rules.
This means that "Hey you" is likely different from the regular 'Hi.' Or at least, probably a lot more flirty.
So if you're not a little confused about the guy's intentions, you should probably know what it means. Men are such stoic creatures. You can rarely guess what they're thinking if they're hell-bent on hiding the fact from you. It's the same with their intentions. You don't want to push them either, so you're basically in a bind.
Luckily though, you've come to the right place. If you want to know what "Hey you" means in a text, or at least get the intention behind the greeting, read on and find out!
Is He Flirting With You?
Since the nature of a woman is to overthink, here's what most women have come up with when it comes to this topic. 'Hey, you' quite simply brings more to the table than a regular 'Hey,' or even 'Hi.' How? Perhaps it is the fact that the pronoun 'you' is included. This allows for a certain hint of playfulness and lends a bit more color to the atmosphere.
He didn't include your name because he's trying to be more mysterious. Instead, he put in 'you,' in order to make you think that he's teasing you. Teasing is on a different level in terms of relationships. The fact that he can tease you implies a certain level of comfort and security, even intimacy. Basically, it's like you share a bond that is more than what regular acquaintances share.
Still, you need to include context to fully know what he meant when he texted you a casual 'Hey you.' Say, if he's someone whom you've gone out on a date with and whom you've been texting with for a while, then it's a sure sign he's flirting with you. He'd probably been wondering what to text you that'll guarantee a smile, but since he wanted to play it cool, he settled with 'Hey you.' It probably worked, don't deny it. Dang, he's good at this.
On the other hand, if it's someone you've been friends with since forever, and he shoots over a simple "Hey you" over text, then there's probably no need to even overthink it. Even if you carry an enormous torch for this friend, if he's never indicated any other feelings more than friendly, then he's most definitely not flirting with you. He's probably wondering what you're doing and if you can hang out. Or perhaps he missed your face in a purely friendly, or even brotherly kind of way. Ouch.
Why Is "Hey You" A Popular Text?
'Hey, you' is one of the subtlest greetings there ever was. This means it could mean anything from a simple greeting to the most overt flirting. It's popular because there's no fear of rejection for something as simple as a 'Hey you.' Most people don't get too concerned about getting turned down by sending this text.
Since its range of meaning is a mile wide, it also makes it the most difficult to figure out. It frankly confuses a lot of people. It's tough to say, know for sure, whether a guy is flirting with you when he sends you this text or just texting you because he's bored and he has nothing else to do.
So if you're a girl who's gotten a lot of "Hey you"s in the past, you should probably start using it yourself. Perhaps you can shoot someone you like with a simple "Hey you" and turn the tables on him. You can also test the waters this way. If your crush replies with a playful and flirty message, then it's safe to say that the waters are interested and perhaps even enthused.
How To Reply To A "Hey You" Text
Your response to a "Hey you" text depends solely on how you feel about the guy who sent you the text. Do you like him? Do you want to flirt with him? Or do you want him to stop texting you? If it's the latter, it may be best to not reply at all. That's a hint that he should be able to recognize.
If you like him in a casual, no-strings-attached way, you should probably send him overtly flirty and sexy replies. This should let him know that you understand what he's doing and that you're also interested in him. His answers to your flirty texts should also help you gauge and learn more about his feelings for you.
However, if you do like him in a serious kind of way, then perhaps you should start by being cautious with your replies. Try not to sound overly enthusiastic. Instead, text back with something cute and friendly like 'I was just about to text you.' That should make him wonder why you were about to text him and how to best get it out of you.
You can also reply in a playful manner, like 'Who, me?' This should give him a dose of his own medicine. It also sends him a message that you're willing to play his game. He will see you as a fun-loving girl who knows how to have an innocent good time.
If you want, you can also send him a flirty message, especially if you're sure about his flirty intentions. This should let him know that you know he's flirting and that you're interested in him, too. Perhaps you can send him back a 'Hey handsome' text, or maybe an 'I hope this isn't a send-to-many kind of text because you just made my day' text.
Keeping things simple also has its own merit, especially if you're unsure about his intentions. If so, try texting back with a 'Hey, what's up' or perhaps even a 'How are you?' These texts allow you to keep a friendly atmosphere, as well as a simple and safe one.
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