BYU study: Texting can hurt relationships

BYU study: Texting can hurt relationships

BYU study: Texting can hurt relationships

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by Cathy Marshall, KGW Staff

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Posted on November 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM

SALT LAKE CITY -- The results of a new study may have you picking up the phone instead of sending a text to your significant other.

Brigham Young University research found texting can be a source of frustration and dissatisfaction in long term relationships.

More than 270 couples were questioned during a 2-year period, and 82 percent of them said they texted multiple times a day.

The researchers found that using text messages as a way to apologize, argue or make decisions was associated with a lower quality relationship for women.

For men, a lower quality relationship correlated with getting too many texts form a woman.

The BYU researchers said men can feel smothered.

“Reaction to disappointment and reality happens more quickly face to face,” said researcher Jonathan Sandburg.

The lesson learned from the study: Strike a balance between less personal emails and texts and more  personal phone calls and face-to-face conversations.

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