Nearly four out of five women and three of five men say they believe smsing, Facebook and other social networking tools cause new couples to jump into bed faster, a survey showed.
But only 38% of women say they have actually slept with a date any sooner because of digital intimacy, according to the 1,200 women and men who participated in the third annual sex survey by Shape and Men's Fitness magazines.
Smart phones and laptops are the new toys that lead to the bedroom, it said, with nearly 80% of women and 58% of men saying social media tools leads to sex faster.
Texting to stay in touch
Texting, or smsing, is the number one way lovers stay in touch, the survey found, with men smsing 39% more often than phoning and women 150% more.
Even before the magic begins, 70% of women and 63% of men use Google and other online tools to screen potential dates.
Of those polled, 65% said they had been asked out by text and 49% through a Facebook message. Once the relationship clicks, 72% of women report scouring a current partner's ex-girlfriends' Facebook pages.
Stopping to answer the phone during sex
Even in the heat of passion, some people just can't get enough of their digital devices, the survey found. When a call or sms comes in during sex, 5% of respondents said they glance to see who is calling and 1% say they stop to answer the phone.
And when the spark is extinguished, digital dumping is the new way to break up, with 43% of women and 27% of men reporting getting a text along the lines of "It's not you, it's me."
For the heartbroken, the Internet keeps hope alive, with 81% of all respondents saying they won't de-friend an ex on Facebook and 75% admitting to constantly checking a former sweetheart's page. (Reuters Health/ January 2011)
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