Illustration by Elena Scotti/Fusion

We've all been there: A text lands from a potential love interest, and suddenly, you're spiraling into WWII codebreaker mode, analyzing everything from punctuation to time stamps to try to squeeze out a hidden message.

Enter: this handy flowchart. As for what to do with all the extra time and energy on your hands, well, that's up to you.

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Taryn Hillin is Fusion's love and sex writer, with a large focus on the science of relationships. She also loves dogs, Bourbon barrel-aged beers and popcorn — not necessarily in that order.

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