Be aware of your friend’s communication style
If you’re the type of person who gets separation anxiety when you leave your phone in the other room, it can be frustrating when a friend takes hours (or even days) to respond. But a slow reply doesn’t mean a lack of care. Your friend is likely waiting for the time to craft a thoughtful response, or the chance to sit down for a back-and-forth rather than a one-word text back between work meetings. Everyone communicates differently, so gauge if your friendship would flourish best through daily texts, occasional phone calls, or an ongoing email chain. Don’t make these texting mistakes that annoy others.
Treat phone dates like real get-togethers
Because you’re not physically meeting with the other person, it’s easy to feel like a phone call doesn’t deserve the level of commitment you’d normally give. But especially if there’s a time difference between you and your long-distance friend, rescheduling could be tricky if you back out. Emergencies happen, but try to respect your friend’s time instead of pushing back the time because you’re exhausted from your commute or work friends are grabbing drinks. (Make sure you’re on time too: Check out these tricks to stop always being late.)