When a girl says "I love you" for the first time (and of course she said it first, not you), what's the best way to respond?
how to respond to "i love you"
Morally, you should say it back if it's true, and you should tell her you don't love her if it's not true. That's too simple, so for the sake of argument let's assume morals and honesty are irrelevant and all we're trying to do is maximize our own happiness.
Let's assume you don't love the girl. Would your best response be to say "I love you too" anyway? Or would it be to say something cocky like "I know" or "who doesn't?" If she says it through a text (I've had a couple of girls do that), you could pull the no-reply-until-the-next-day move. Or you could say something cocky, and then after a brief amount of time, tell her you love her too.
I've had 6 or 7 girls tell me they loved me (in a "in love with you" sense), I said it back to 2 of them, I gave a cocky reply to 3 or 4 of them and I just said "no" to 1. What do you think? This is really just for the sake of argument and psychological interest, so I'm not really looking for answers like "just tell the truth" or any bullshit like that.