What That IM Really Means


Here’s a relationship check: Analyse your instant messages. Your IM word choices can reflect relationship satisfaction, according to a study in Personal Relationships. Researchers analysed 10 days’ worth of IM conversations between 68 couples. The more the women used “I,” the more satisfied both parties were. But the more the men used “me” or “you,” the less happy both were. (The use of “we” indicated nothing about satisfaction.) Frequent use of “I” may be a signal that people are able to talk openly about themselves with their mates, says study author Richard Slatcher PhD. “You” can indicate accusations, he says, and excessive sarcasm can also be a warning sign. To express satisfaction, use words like “happy,” “excited,” and “great.”



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