July 19, 2013
How cell phones change dating habits
Casual, easy and non-threatening — the simple beauty of text messaging is upending American dating culture. USA Today reports.
Not since the dawn of the automobile has a technology — the cellphone — so swiftly and radically changed the way people interact, meet and move forward (or not) in a relationship. Texting has created a new brand of mobile etiquette, and for dating, it has given rise to new ways of flirting and even defining exactly what's going on between two people.
A new survey of 1,500 daters provided to USA TODAY reveals how deeply mobile technology has rocked the dating world.
Among the findings:
-- Approximately one-third of men (31%) and women (33%) agree it's less intimidating to ask for a date via text vs. a phone call.
-- One in four say an hour is the longest acceptable response time to a text to someone you are dating or interested in dating; one in 10 expect a response instantly or within a few minutes.
-- More men (44%) than women (37%) say mobile devices make it easier to flirt and get acquainted.
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