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Drew Johnson has learned that when it comes to asking a woman out, texting beats calling every time."Most of the girls I've hung out with lately prefer a group activity rather than one-on-one," says Johnson, 30, a mechanical engineer from West Chicago, Ill., who plays bass in a band."From my observations, the response rate on, 'Do you want to go for dinner or meet for a drink?Young adults are used to being overscheduled and multitasking.They've grown up with group activities and are more comfortable in packs. First dates are largely a chemistry check anyway, and to many young adults, the one-on-one time spent on an actual date feels too much like a commitment."If you're sitting down for a dinner date, that's putting way too much time out there for a first date.
Hearing someone's voice on the phone is still a key element for a relationship, yet people are increasingly more likely to rely on the relative "safety" of a text for initial contacts as well as keeping in touch as a relationship develops. Although the survey was commissioned by two niche dating websites — Christian and — their members did not participate."It's not like text conveys a ton of emotion, but you are getting a little more comfortable with each other."A SAFER WAY TO FLIRT Clinical psychologist Beverly Palmer, a professor at California State University-Dominguez Hills, has researched flirting and non-verbal behavior.