Calling a girl to ask her out on a date? That's so 1990s. Why call, and actually talk to the other person, when a text message works just as well?
USA Today reported last week on a survey of 1,500 single smartphone users, ages 21 to 50, who date or have been in a relationship less than two years. The study found that more than 35 percent of those ages 21 to 34 use their mobile device to plan and schedule dates; even among the older set, nearly one-third did the same.
About a third of those surveyed said it was less intimidating to ask for a date via text message as opposed to a phone call. Among younger daters (those 21 to 26), nearly 40 percent said they prefer to text an invitation to hang out or meet with a group, as opposed to asking for an actual date. This should come as no surprise to parents who see their college-age (and high school-age, and grade school-age) students hardly ever talk on their phones, but instead text (or read texts) constantly.