Finding a dude with long-term potential is difficult. Just because you've secured the date, doesn't mean there are any guarantees that the relationship will blossom into a magical romance. However, new research might hold the key to knowing whether a relationship will go the distance.
Surveying 205 adults aged between 18 and 29 and involved in romantic relationships, researchers from Pace University quizzed participants about emotional security, texting habits, and relationship satisfaction.
Results found that responses that included having the same texting style also reported having greater relationship satisfaction. Interestingly, similar texting technique helped with communication and to resolve issues.
“How couples texted was more important to the satisfaction of the relationship than how frequently they texted,” said Dr Leora Trub from Pace University.
In a similar study organised by Trub, findings suggested that texting can bring people closer or drive people apart.
After observing the phone behaviours of 982 adults, aged between 18 and 29, the team found that as much as relationships become stronger, people used texting to avoid conflict or escape awkward conversation.
“We text to check in with our spouse during the work day and to stay connected with friends far away, but we also text to avoid dealing with relatives at the family party and to break up with someone,” said Trub. “Texting can become a crutch and eventually become a barrier to creating meaningful interactions,” continues Trub.
“Texting all the time can also come from being lonely or bored, and that can lead to isolation and alienation.”
So, if he's not texting you back straight away, whether he's showing signs of being interested or not, you might not be compatible after all...
This article originally appeared on Men’s Health US.