Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and texting add layers of excitement (read: constant stress and uncertainty) to any budding relationship–and according to a new study, they also help couples get down to business in less time than their parents did.
Back in the day, there used to be something called the “three-day rule,” whereby a potential paramour would pretend not to want to talk to his or her new love interest for three days after their first date, the Telegraph reports.
This resulted in an arduously long courting process–couples over 55 said their courting process took more than two and a half months when they were young’uns, but these days, it only takes people under 25 about 24 days to go full BF/GF. Thanks, sexting!
Also, the Telegraph says, 68 percent of people are okay with contacting their date less than four hours after said date is over, which even we have to admit is a little much. The study also quantified social media courtship. According to the Telegraph:
“It also found it now takes couples an average of 224 tweets, 163 text messages, 70 Facebook messages, 37 emails and 30 phone calls to fall head over heels in love … Men are more prolific on social networks, sending an average of 517 Facebook messages and tweets a year in an attempt to woo potential lovers compared to just 386 for women, according to the research.”
Also, social media has, of course, changed the breakup game for good, too. The study shows just how wussy people are these days: 36 percent of people dump their significant others with a phone call, while 27 percent opted for a text message.
And if you thought a text was cold, get a load of this: 13 percent of people use social media to end relationships. How intriguing. Please, let us know if you ever witness a breakup that takes place via subtweet.