Between saying “I love you” and “love you.”
I prefer the I in front always.
Not saying the I is the lazy person’s way.
This is when “love you” is used:
Children running out the door to go over a friend’s house…
Mother yells out “I love you”!
Kids say “love you,” as the door slams behind them.
It’s casual and not meaningful.
I don’t like hearing “love you,”
Goes for “I miss you,” too.
It’s kind of like saying “k” on texts. Nobody says “k” in a face to face conversation.
You say “ok” and the same rule should apply, never say “love you.”
As for in texts, I haven’t came to an opinion yet
I just ALWAYS prefer hearing the I.
Just my two cents.