Text Messages Are Useless … Hormonally Speaking

Text messaging may have changed the way we communicate, but it will never change the way we communicate. According to a new study, text messages do not have the power to change a person’s hormone levels the way human voices do. Researchers found that girls who received phone calls or in-person visits from their mothers while doing stressful tasks were hormonally altered while those who received a text message were not. The girls who heard their mother’s voices showed a drop in cortisol (the stress hormone) levels and an increase oxytocin levels (the love hormone).***I wonder if these findings could be applied to the dating realm as well. If so, I think we can confirm that texting may not be the optimal for romance. But we kind of already knew that. Lovers of the world, continue to send texts (I know I will) but good to know that to get the hormones pumping voices are more effective. This may be a valid argument to bring the phone call back in style. Or just skip the phone call all together and go back to having “gentleman callers.” I’ve always thought that would be fun. [io9]

Note: This piece, when originally posted, didn’t specify the context of study before the writer expressed her own theory on how its findings might apply to dating. Thanks to commenter smoke for pointing that out so that the post could be updated to reflect all the facts.

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