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To send or not to send the carefully composed text? It’s a question many a love-seeking youth has asked themselves in an age in which swiping leads to texting leads to hanging out leads to banging leads to … who the heck knows? Yep, we’re talking about the dreaded “Define the Relationship” (DTR) convo, also known as the “Where is this going?” discussion.

Ideally, DTRs are open and honest face-to-face conversations between two people to discuss what they mean to each other. But that is not necessarily the norm, or even the preferred method of communication for many.

The realm of the DM is vast: There are video chat apps, disappearing messages, and animated bobble heads who will deliver messages for you. Recently, I helped a friend manage a DTR initiated over Snapchat DM! Who says your phone’s texting application has to be where your DTR exists? The person you’re DMing with right now certainly doesn’t. Read more…

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