How many times a day do you check your phone? A hundred? A thousand? Are you literally looking at it RIGHT NOW? It’s scary.
According to a new study by the consulting company Deloitte, Americans checked their phones a total of NINE BILLION times A DAY this year.
That means we looked at our phones a total of about 3.3 TRILLION times in 2016.
About 175 million Americans have smart phones, so that means the average person checks their phone roughly 51 times a day, or almost 19,000 times a year.
The study also found almost HALF of us check our phones in the middle of the night . . . 90% of us check our phone within an hour of waking up . . . and the first thing we look at in the morning is our texts.
Ending Your Texts With a Period Makes You Sound Like a Jerk
Sometimes it’s hard to convey the right tone when you’re texting . . . it’s why we’ve all become SLAVES to EMOJIS. But here’s a tiny detail that can supposedly make a huge difference.
A new study out of Binghamton University in New York found that when you end your texts with a PERIOD, people think you’re less SINCERE.
Like if you were answering someone and wrote “Sure” or “Glad you had fun” . . . and DIDN’T use a period . . . the person will assume you actually MEAN it.
But let’s say you write “Sure.” Or “Glad you had fun.” And you DO put a period at the end . . . somehow that comes off like you’re being insincere. Which is kind of a weird test, since both examples sound kinda cold either way, but whatever.
And if you REALLY want to come off like you’re telling the truth, use an exclamation point. The researchers found that actually makes people trust you the most.
They say it shows how language is evolving because of texting. We can’t rely on social cues, so we’re subconsciously looking for ANY clues about tone . . . and that includes punctuation.
But before you change the way you text . . . the study was done on college undergrads. Maybe the rest of us aren’t SO into the hidden meaning of punctuation.
Here are the six worst dating moves guys pull when they’re not really that interested, according to a new list from “Cosmo” . . .
- Telling you he’s not ready for a relationship. In other words, he’s not ready for a relationship with YOU.
- Saying the timing just isn’t right. Yeah, because March is a terrible time to find someone you connect with. That’s more of an April thing?
- Not texting you, but always replying to texts you send HIM.
- Being vague about “maybe” getting together this weekend.
- Or worse, mentioning “possibly” meeting up later tonight, instead of making actual plans.
- Wanting to be exclusive, but NOT wanting a serious relationship. Think about it . . . what does that even mean?
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Anthony Pinnisi and Chloe Albrite are students at Patriot High School in Nokesville, Virginia . . . and even though it’s a few months away, they’re already thinking about going to prom. Not with each other, though.
Anthony texted Chloe on Wednesday night, and asked if he could take her HOT MOM to prom if he got enough retweets. She thought it was pretty ridiculous, but they agreed on 500,000 retweets, and if he hit that number he would ask her mom.
So he tweeted “Help a dude out” that night, with a few photos of Chloe’s mom, and a screenshot showing their texts about the retweet challenge.
And . . . the Internet was TOTALLY on board.
By yesterday morning, he had more than 55,000 retweets . . . but his school found out and made him take the tweet down.
(Here are some photos of Anthony, Chloe, and Chloe’s mom, starting with screenshots of the exchange between Anthony and Chloe that got things going.)