We jump the gun and write too much, overuse emoticons, and commit all sorts of faux pas.
While there's a huge upside to this—we can think through our responses, construct thoughtful messages, and don't have to talk on the phone—the downside is that texting has caused a decline in the quality of our communication overall."It's hard enough trying to interpret what a girl is saying — let alone when she's using pigs and cacti and pink high heels in a message to me. "Though Joe, 31, agrees with the unwritten emjoi limit, he says that it's more the waiting game that really turns him off. But these things, they said, they weren't willing to compromise on."When a girl takes forever to respond to a text it makes it really complicated to tell if she's into me or just trying to be nice by responding — or if she's playing hard to get."He adds, "Sometimes, I've honestly thought that maybe a girl already had a boyfriend because it took her hours to respond to the messages I was sending her. "I hate the texts where a girl is like 'Hey, what are you doing? Tommy, 29, revealed that a girl he was seeing once sent a text to him intended for another guy.Psychologists have conducted hundreds of studies in which they reward lab animals in different ways under different conditions.One of the most intriguing findings is that “reward uncertainty”—in which, for instance, animals cannot predict whether pushing a lever will get them food—can dramatically increase their interest in getting a reward, while also enhancing their dopamine levels so that they basically feel coked up."Please, for the love of god, stop with the emjois."weheartit Guys might be visual, but that doesn't mean they want to stare at text after text of baby penguins and bears. I'm heading to the East Village, any chance you want to meet up?