Textlationship is a relationship completely via text. There are no real chuckles just LOL, there are no "I love yous," just xoxoxox. As our cell phone use increases so do these kinds of purely digital interactions.
A recent study by AT&T showed 40 percent of people felt text messaging played a part in their relationships. But are text relationships a substitute for the real thing or are they missing something?
Dr. Paul Hokemeyer, a family therapist, says that expressions you make with your face are critically important to a relationship and get lost in text.
You can even show your feelings with emoticons (show sad face, sick face, girls dancing). But beware not everyone is who they seem via text.
Hokemeyer says people hide behind the communication device. So it is very easy to create a person who you fantasize you are when actually you aren't.
If you dinner dates look an emoticon you may be in danger of having a textlationship. But a kissy face emoticon is no substitute for the real thing.
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