Text Flirting Is On The Increase
Relaxed and non-threatening, text messaging is changing dating culture all over the world – the mobile phone has transformed the way people communicate, meet and even date. A survey of 1,500 daters aged between 21 and 50 carried our by USA Today has shown how texting has revolutionized the dating game. Increasingly, daters are choosing the ‘safety’ of a text message as a way of keeping in touch with a potential partner.
Some of the findings of the survey include:
- 31% of men and 33% of women say they find it less intimidating to ask for a date via a text message as opposed to through a phone call.
- 44% of men and 37% of women said that mobile technology made it easier to flirt with and get to know a potential partner.
- 25% said that an hour is the longest acceptable time to respond to a text from someone you are interested in and 10% expected a reply straight away or within a few minutes.
Beverly Palmer, a clinical psychologist and professor at California State University-Dominguez Hills is an expert in flirting and non-verbal communication. She says that text messaging doesn’t contain the same amount of intimacy that voice communication does – this makes it the ‘safer’ option.
So do you guys prefer to text a potential partner as oppose to speaking to them directly? Do you see it as the safer option?
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