Active daters send more text messages, says study

Active daters are more likely to communicate with their counterpart via text messaging than monogamous couples, a Cingular Wireless survey said Monday

Active daters are more likely to communicate with their counterpart via text messaging than married couples or those in committed relationships are, a survey conducted by International Communications Research said Monday.

Fifty-nine percent of those actively dating and not in one single relationship said they had sent a text message to their partner, as opposed to 30 percent of those in monogamous relationships or married. Overall, 33 percent said they had communicated with a date or partner with text messaging, up from 27 percent in 2006.

However, wireless users were almost as likely to be repulsed by their date's phone habits as wooed by them. Thirty-eight percent said that a date took a phone call in the middle of a great conversation, while 31 percent admitted to doing it themselves. Five percent said they called another prospect during a date, while seven percent said their date had done so. Eight percent said they had ended a relationship over poor phone etiquette, and six percent said their judged their prospective mate on their telephone manners.

The survey was conducted by International Communications Research for AT&T's Cingular Wireless among 1,006 wireless users in January.

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