It’s no wonder, then, that text message miscommunications were a daily source of stress and anxiety.
It was yet another box to check as we sought a significant other: textual chemistry.
My friend and I had just seen a play and, like everyone else in the theater, I took out my phone as the curtain came down.
In a 2015 poll by the Gravitate Research Group, 80% of Americans said they prefer texting to voice calls, and the average American spends 26 minutes texting every day.
So texting compatibility can be an important signifier of how communication would work in a long-term relationship.
“We went on a couple of great dates, but he wouldn’t respond to texts for over 24 or 26 hours, and when he did, he was just a horrible communicator,” she explains.
She said that any potential partner must be able to maintain witty banter as well as respond in a timely manner “so as not to induce panic on the recipient’s end.” The texting delay led Levin to end things with the man.
We liked the same movies, books, television shows, music. “I actually think the reason we dated for as long as we did was that I was hoping he’d become the guy I fell for via text.” The transition from texting to reality can be tricky. It’s game theory, figuring out how best to intrigue the other person,” says Sherry Turkle, whose book advocates for a return to face-to-face communication.