LONDON - MARCH 04: In this photo illustration, two pedestrians walks past padded lamp posts whilst texting in Brick Lane on March 4, 2008 in London, England. Brick Lane has become the first 'Safe Text' street in the UK. the padded lamp posts have been introduced to combat the 6.5 million street injuries that occur from walking and texting.

If you text someone and they don’t write back, your pride probably keeps you from sending another message . . . because “double texting” seems like a pretty needy move.

Apparently  it works.  A new study looked at online dating to see if “double texting” was effective  and we’re pretty sure their results can apply to any situation where you’re texting someone and you really want a response.

The study found that if someone doesn’t respond to a text, you should send them another one exactly three hours and 52 minutes later.

If you do that, the person is more likely to respond to you than to ignore you.  If you don’t send that second text, they’re more likely to ignore you.

And even if they don’t write back to the second text immediately, your odds of ever hearing from them are still higher.  You’ve got about a one in three shot of hearing from them eventually . . . versus a one in 500 shot if you hadn’t sent the second text.

The study didn’t get into whether you should ever send a third text, but we’re thinking that’s because there’s no situation where that’s a good idea.