Hold off on that monkey face, Singles. You might be surprised to learn what your favored emojis and texting habits reveal about your sex life.
In fact, the poll of 5,675 singles found that some texters are using more than one per text message…and they’re having more sex than everyone else:
Hold off on sending a suggestive eggplant, though—it’s the classics that proved to be most popular with singles.
“[Emoji users] want to give their texts more personality,” Dr. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist told Time.com. “Here we have a new technology that absolutely jeopardizes your ability to express your emotion… there is no more subtle inflection of the voice … and so we have created another way to express emotions and that is the emoji.”
And it’s more than just sex—according to Fisher, emoji users also go on more dates and are two times more likely to want to get married (62 percent of emoji users compared to 30 percent of people who never use emojis). Just don’t break out the emojis during dinner—70 percent of singles surveyed think using your phone during a date is rude.
Coupled up? A 2013 study from Brigham Young University found that while expressing affection via text does enhance the relationship, there are also some text behaviors that won’t earn you a winky face.
For men, that’s too-frequent texting (both sending and receiving). For women, apologizing, working out relationship differences, and making decisions was associated with lower relationship quality. “Reaction to disappointment and reality testing occurs more quickly face to face,” Brigham Young University researcher Jonathan Sandberg explained. “There is a narrowness with texting and you don’t get to see the breadth of a person that you need to see.” Sad face.
Written by Diana Vilibert
The article was originally published with Care2; republished with permission.
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