Why Texting Turns Us Back Into Teenagers

After Mary Delano argued on the phone with her husband about why he wasn’t doing his share of the housework — and the spouses hung up on each other in a mutual fit of frustration — she decided to send him a text.

What did it say? Absolutely nothing. Ms. Delano, a 29-year-old marketing account manager who lives in Miami, sent a blank text — on purpose.

Her husband wrote back immediately with a question mark. Ms. Delano asked him what he meant. He wrote again and asked if she had sent him a text. She feigned surprise. Then her husband called her.

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