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Why Texting Turns Us Back Into Teenagers

Published on November 1, 2011
by Elizabeth Bernstein

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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