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How Texting Can Ruin Relationships

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A new study out of Brigham Young University shows too much texting in a relationship can be seriously detrimental. Anthony explains the pitfalls to avoid, and what you can do to keep the relationship more secure.

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Too much texting can disconnect couples, research finds

“Couples shouldn’t let their thumbs do the talking when it comes to serious conversations, disagreements or apologies.”

With Struggling Relationships, Talking Still Trumps Texting

“Researchers at Brigham Young University asked young people who were either married, engaged, or “in a committed relationship” to complete a questionnaire describing how they used text messages to communicate with their partner.”

Using Technology to Connect in Romantic Relationships: Effects on Attachment, Relationship Satisfaction, and Stability in Emerging Adults

“This exploratory path analysis was designed to identify significant associations among technology use and relationship variables in a population of emerging adults. Two hundred seventy-six young people between the ages of 18 and 25 in committed relationships completed survey questions about ways they connect with their partners using technology.”

Americans and text messaging

“Some 83% of American adults own cell phones and three-quarters of them (73%) send and receive text messages.”

CHART OF THE DAY: Kids Send A Mind Boggling Number Of Texts Every Month

“Young Americans send almost ten times as many texts as Americans over 55.”

E-Mail Is Easy to Write (and to Misread)

“AS I was in the final throes of getting my most recent book into print, an employee at the publishing company sent me an e-mail message that stopped me in my tracks.”

How Threat Emotions Cause Us To Misread Our Partner

“Just how well do we read our intimate partners? As long as we’re composed, we’re generally pretty good at it. But whenever our threat emotions (i.e. anxiety and anger) are triggered, accuracy goes right out the window.”



“Being Like Me”: Self-Other Identity, Mirror Neurons and Empathy

“We readily ascribe intelligence to other animals while being simultaneously inclined to think that–cognitively speaking–humans ‘do it better.'”

Too Many Texts Can Hurt A Relationship

“Texting has become such a normal way to communicate that it’s hard to imagine that we ever used our voices to tell our better halves, ‘Hey, I got the milk.’ But when it comes to a committed relationship, researchers say it’s better not to lean too heavily on the texts for the tough stuff. Stick to ‘I heart U’ rather than ‘I M sooo disappointed in you!!'”

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