In one sample, over 90 percent reported texting to connect with a partner at least once a day (Schade, Sandberg, Bean, Busby, & Coyne, 2013). Teenagers report an impressively high rate of text-based communications with their boyfriends and girlfriends, with roughly 20 percent of teens who date texting their dating partner 30 times per hour or more during after-school hours or the early or late evening (Teenage Research Unlimited, 2007).For Millennials, who comprise the now- and next-generation of men and women navigating the dating game, texting is a socially acceptable way to flirt, check-in, ask questions, gossip, make plans, or otherwise connect with potential or current romantic partners.The Rise of Texting For many people, texting is a major source of relationship communication.
I’d like to start off with one of my most important and helpful texting tools . Some dating coaches wouldn’t recommend doing this, but I disagree.
Technology that once supplemented relationship development is now, it seems, taking on a larger role in relationship formation and maintenance.
What is this role, and how healthy is a reliance on technology for the creation and sustainment of romantic relationships?
Sure, they talked on the phone or maybe sent the occasional letter, but the core of their relationship centered on face-to-face interactions.
A subtle shift seems to be occurring in today’s dating relationships and it warrants our attention.