Aussies 'love and split up online'
One in 10 people from Australia have been dumped via a text message and the same number have used SMS to tell someone "I love you" for the first time, a new survey has suggested.
According to the survey, one in seven people aged 18 to 24 think it is acceptable to end a relationship with an SMS or a posting on social media and more than half of Australia's under-35s use text messages as the main form of contact after a first date.
Pure Profile's survey of 2000 Australians, commissioned for internet dating site eHarmony, has found that one in five has sent or received a risque photo including 10 per cent of the over-45s.
One in 20 Australian adults are dating online, the survey found, and a quarter of them are likely to use SMS as the main form of contact after a first date.
10 percent of Australians confess to having dumped a lover with an SMS.
E-Harmony's senior research scientist, Californian psychologist Gian Gonzaga, says texts avoid face-to-face confrontation and conflict - at a cost.
"In the past, people might have picked up the phone or sent a handwritten note," News.com.au quoted him as saying.
"But breaking up is a very difficult thing to do and sometimes people take the easy way out with a text message.
"You'd hope that people are able to treat others with the respect they deserve.
"The more impersonal the break-up, the harder it is on the individual at the other end," he added.
Dr Gonzaga advised people to only send text messages they would want to receive themselves.