Ever used your mobile to get out of a bad date or sat anxiously waiting for a text to arrive from a potential suitor? Of course you have. And you’re not alone.
A national survey has found that mobile technology has sparked a new era in mobile dating etiquette, with over 60% of people aged 18-34 flirt and initiate dating via texting.
However, along with the increased mobility of dating comes a plethora of potential dating faux pas.
According to the research carried out by Blackberry, one third (36%) of respondents admitted to lying about not having read a message to avoid a date or appointment.
Two in three people admitted to being stressed out waiting for a response to a text and 80% think that if you don’t reply to a flirtatious SMS the same day, you might as well not bother.
“Ever since mobiles became mainstream, relationships have succumbed to the pressure and anxiety associated with waiting for someone to reply, to what is now known as the ‘160 character love letter’,’” says dating and relationship expert, Katia Loisel-Furey.
Here are some top tips from Katia when it comes to the modern mobile dating scene!
1. Build the anticipation and excitement by not showing all your cards at once. Start with shorter messages that keep them guessing (just a little). Research shows that if you create a little uncertainty about how you feel about someone (they love me, they love me not) they’ll think about you more often and as result they’re more likely to be attracted to you.
2. Flirting is a game best played with two, so wait until you get a response before sending them another message. Bombard them with messages before they’ve had a chance to reply and you’ll come across as needy, annoying or even a little creepy
3. Research shows that if you want them to remember you for the RIGHT reasons avoid spelling mistakes, sexual references early on, and for guys wait a while before complimenting a girl on her looks
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