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According to a report released this year by Nielsen based on actual phone bills of mobile contract subscribers, about 764 text messages per person were sent/received each month in the USA in 2012, compared with about 165 mobile calls per month.
She says telephone calls are often thought of as an intrusion, while texting affords a way of "controlling the volume," a term she uses to describe the sense of control that text gives users that they can't get with a voice conversation."We tell ourselves we don't want to disturb someone.
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Among the findings:•Approximately one-third of men (31%) and women (33%) agree it's less intimidating to ask for a date via text vs.
a phone call.•One in four say an hour is the longest acceptable response time to a text to someone you are dating or interested in dating; one in 10 expect a response instantly or within a few minutes.•More men (44%) than women (37%) say mobile devices make it easier to flirt and get acquainted."Texting is kind of an ongoing conversation. Maybe you're talking every day," says Alex Pulda, 27, who works in product research in San Francisco.
Experts say it should be no surprise they're treating their romantic relationships in much the same way — not wanting to invest too much time or effort in case they don't click. You don't know how it's going to go," says Adam Diamond, 29, a movie trailer editor in Los Angeles.