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Text Or Talk: How Do You Stay In Touch?

Be honest. Would you rather communicate with someone via text or actually speak to them in person? If you're under the age of thirty-five, chances are pretty high that you prefer to use your smartphone for most interactions.

According to digital analytics firm LivePerson, 73.7% of Americans ages 18-34 communicate more using a device rather than face-to-face. This is not hard to believe when you see the other statistics from this survey:

  • 70% of respondents sleep within arm's reach of their mobile device.
  • Over 50% said when they wake up in the middle of the night, they check their device.
  • 66% admitted to bringing their phone or tablet into the bathroom.

There's definitely one advantage to texting over talking. When you're texting, no one can tell that you're doing it from the toilet.

How do you feel about the ways in which people communicate with one another now? Are you concerned that technology might be an obstacle to healthy human interaction? Or do you find that smartphones and tablets make it easier for you to maintain more of your relationships?