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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).*** Keep reading »

18 Reasons Not To Text Him Back

I got my first text from this guy I’ve liked forever. Finally, after years of subtly dangling the carrot that is moi, he started running for the bait. But what was I supposed to text back? I decided to call in reinforcements. I phoned my friend in a healthy, awesome, long-term relationship and I asked her how I should respond to his mobile message. To my surprise, she was like, “No way, do not text him back. You totally have the upper hand. And if he wants to actually talk to you, he’ll step up his game.” In the interest of trying something totally new, I listened to her and didn’t hit him back … even though I was just home, chillin’ with my friend, Bottle O’ White Wine. Anyway, the dude blew up my phone, my email, and my dang Facebook page. It was a rainstorm of communication over the next couple of days. So, to all the single ladies, I learned something from my experience. There are a whole lot of reasons not to be so quick to respond all the time. Keep reading »

Texting Rules: He Said What?

Being young in the 21st century means that the “dating world” extends beyond face-to-face communication. I’m talking about Facebook, email and, of course, texting. Texting has become the main form of communicating between almost everyone these days. We are all addicted to it. Whether we’re BBMing our best friends from the elliptical machine or texting under the table at dinner, it’s become a national habit. I text my friends to make plans, send mass messages about important events, and even text my mom on a regular basis. My girlfriends and I have had countless debates and discussions about texting rules when it comes to relationships, though. Keep reading »

The Girlfriend Keeper: Nothing Says Love Like Automated Texts And Emails To Your Girlfriend

How pissed would you be if the schmoopy text messages your boyfriend sent you every other hour were automated from an iPhone app called the Girlfriend Keeper? Alas, the Girlfriend Keeper is actually a real application and costs only 99 cents at the iTunes store. You should be suspicious if you’re getting charming/creepy texts like, “Your birthday is in 45 days, maybe I’ll get you something blue to match your eyes” or “Did you know we started dating 53 days ago?” (Uh, what guy actually talks like that?)

After the jump, check out some pics of the Girlfriend Keeper app that will seriously depress you regarding the state of modern dating (and datebook-keeping). Keep reading »

Teen Text Walks, Falls Into A Manhole

A 15-year-old New York girl found out that walking and texting can be just as dangerous as driving while texting. Alexa Longueira was strolling down the street and paying more attention to sending a message than the sidewalk, when she plunged feet first into an uncovered manhole. “It was four or five feet, it was very painful. I kind of crawled out and the DEP guys came running and helped me,” Longueira told her local newspaper. “They were just, like, ‘I’m sorry! I’m sorry!’” Besides suffering through the serious sewage stench, Longueira also got scrapes on her arms and back. After making sure the teen was okay, her family plans to get back at city workers who left the manhole uncovered the old fashioned way: a lawsuit. Ever had your own text walking accident? [I fall about once a week as a result of walking and texting, which is made even more dangerous with the triple threat of walking, texting, and high heels. -- Editor] [MSNBC] Keep reading »

Blind Dates And Texting Don’t Mix — Or Do They?

Over at Double X, there’s this truly hilarious essay by Kelly Seal, who explains how she found herself apologizing to someone she was supposed to go on a date with, before they ever met, via text messaging. How and why? Seal and “Doug1968” met online dating and exchanged a few emails before setting up an in-person date. As has become incredibly typical of modern dating rituals, they opted to firm up their plans via text message. That’s when things got tricky. Keep reading »

Sex Ed Through Text Messaging

If you take a shower before you have sex, are you less likely to get pregnant? Does a normal penis have wrinkles? If my BF doesn’t like me to be loud during sex but I can’t help it, what am I supposed to do? These questions were texted to the Birds and Bees Text Line, the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina’s latest effort to provide teens between 14 and 19 with sex education and information. Within 24 hours, every text sent in is answered by a nameless, faceless adult from the center who gives a cautious, nonjudgmental response via text. The Birds and the Bees Text Line started on February 1 and reaches teens through the one device that consumes their lives — their cellphones. Keep reading »

Thoughts From Guys On Our IM: Why Didn’t You Text/Call Me Back?

Do you watch the show “Tough Love”? I don’t, but both Annika and Simcha have caught episodes and claim that it rivals my beloved “Millionaire Matchmaker.” That remains to be seen, but Steven Ward, the frat boyish matchmaker on the show, did have a rule that kind of rocked my world. “Text on a need to know basis,” he says, suggesting that when women text men with the most mundane messages (“Just wanted to say hi!”), guys will often ignore them, leading women to wonder, “Why hasn’t he texted me back?!” As someone who has always viewed texting a guy as a little safer than calling him outright, this surprised me. But do most guys really hate texting? And why don’t they call us back either, by the way? I went to the dudes on my IM to find out… Keep reading »

Top 10 Sexting Acronyms For Adults

Netlingo.com recently posted a list of 50 sexting/IM acronyms every parent of teenagers should know. The list included acronyms like the always romantic “DUM” (“Do you masturbate?”), “FMLTWIA” (“F*** me like the whore I am”), and “IMEWZRU” (“I am easy, are you?”). Besides reminding me how much the world has changed since my teenage years when an innocent “Do you like me? Check ‘yes,’ ‘no,’ or ‘maybe’” note always sufficed, it made me realize just how important it is for adults to have their own sexting lingo, too. Why should teens have all the fun?! After the jump, 10 sexting/IM acronyms for grown-ups.
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That’s Textual Harassment, And I Don’t Have To Take It!

A little while back, I shared why I thought text messaging was keeping romance alive, despite being more impersonal than phone calls or face-to-face contact. Text messaging is a powerful form of communication, but with great power comes…stalkers! A report by the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Statistics found that 23 percent of stalking or harassment victims had been pestered using some form of cyberstalking, which includes IMs, emails, and text messages. In fact, cyberstalking has become such a widespread issue that 46 states have anti-stalking laws that refer to forms of electronic communication. Keep reading »

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