A new survey shows that social networking is causing people to jump into bed together sooner rather than later.
The survey of 1,200 men and women conducted by Shape and Men’s Fitness magazines found that a staggering 80 percent of women and 58 percent of men believe that social networking tools, such texting and Facebook, are causing people to sleep with each other sooner.
In reality only 38 percent of the women surveyed said they’d actually slept with a date more quickly because of “digital intimacy.”
The survey also found that text messaging is the number one tool for dating in the digital age. Instead of leaving handwritten love notes or phoning, texting is now the main way couples stay in touch, with men texting 39 percent more often than phoning and women 150 percent more.
Psychologist Dr Belisa Vranich believes texting “creates anticipation” and “gives the false impression you’ve been together for a longer amount of time” which makes it seem “okay to have sex quicker.” She says, “People tend to be more sexual when texting than in real life.”
Texting is also the main way dates are instigated, with 65 percent of those surveyed saying they’d been asked out via text. Similarly, 49 percent of participant revealed they’d been asked out on Facebook. When it comes to ending a relationship, texting again is very popular with 43 percent of women and 27 percent of men reporting getting a text ending a relationship.
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