2. “What’s up?”
“I figure that she’s bored and trying to kill some time, so I ignore it,” sighs a young man in his late teens. Abrupt and obscure questions are also likely to be ignored. If you want him to spare some time for you, be specific and ask him if he’s available. “If you’re not doing anything, would you like to go out?” It’ll make it easier for him to answer yes or no.