As cliché as it might sound, sometimes you meet someone and you're better off as "just friends." While it might seem daunting at first, letting someone know that you'd rather just be friends is actually super mature. It means you knew yourself well enough to recognize that the good energy, convos that flowed easily, and shared taste in music would be a perfect foundation for a platonic relationship — but not a romantic one. Good for you! Next step is letting them know where you stand. When it comes to rejection texts to send if (you want to be friends), you've got to strike the right balance. You'll want to be straight-up (so there's no room for confusion), and civil enough to leave the door open for friendship.
As dating coach Erika Ettin told Elite Daily, "The two keys are tact and honesty when letting someone down. While someone might be disappointed that you don't want to go out again, [they] can't really be angry at you for feeling, or not feeling, how you do." Here are seven texts to you can use to reject someone gently after the first date, while still sparking a potential friendship.