Dating and frequency of communication
In the good old days, dating was defined by a series of face-to-face encounters.
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.
People of all ages in newer relationships (less than one year old) also tend to text with greater frequency than people in more established relationships (Coyne et al., 2011).
Does texting simply supplement regular face-to-face conversations, or is it strategic, with its own advantages and consequences?
Understanding why people text their partners is a first step to considering its role in healthy relationship development.
The Texting Advantage Texting removes some of the barriers that can make face-to-face conversations, or even phone calls, tricky to navigate.
Applying Walther’s (1996) hyperpersonal model to text messaging reveals three key advantages: Some people find it complicated to manage the simultaneous demands of an in-person conversation (saying hello while deciding whether to hug, kiss or just shake hands; maintaining a smile and eye contact; not spilling one’s drink) and understandably prefer to text.