Writing dating messages
And in terms of effect, it seems readers have adapted.
And really, who has time to read or compose long paragraphs to a total stranger?
Judging by messaging over all those years, the broad writing culture is indeed changing, and the change is driven by phones.
Apple opened their app store in mid-2008, and Ok Cupid, like every major service, quickly launched an app. Users began typing on keyboards smaller than their palm, and message length has dropped by over two-thirds The average message is now just over 100 characters — Twitter-sized, in fact.
But my unique position as co-founder of Ok Cupid gives us special First, the site’s decade of history lets us see how technology has altered how people communicate.
Ok Cupid has records from the pre-smartphone, pre-Twitter, pre-Instagram days — hell, it was online when Myspace was still a file storage service.When it comes to online dating, the shorter the better.