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.