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Thanks to technology, every date has become a foursome -- you, him and your respective phones. So what constitutes acceptable relationship behavior in the digital age?
To help answer that ever-evolving question, tech site Mashable teamed up with the online survey experts at Survata to get the download on digital rules from single men and women, couples, and married folks in their 20s, 30s and 40s. The findings reveal some surprising trends -- from Facebook stalking to sexting habits.
According to Mashable, 17.5% of single people claimed they've exchanged sexy text messages. The stat rises slightly to 25.6% for those in a committed relationship.
Married couples aren't as interested: A whopping 70% of them saying they've never sexted. Hmm, maybe they’ve just never involved their spouses (see: Anthony Weiner).
Stepping into the Facebook minefield, 26.6% of single men and women friend-request before the first date, while 26.9% wait until after multiple meetups.
Making a relationship "Facebook official" usually happens after the couple agrees on mutual exclusivity IRL, with 78.5% of women and 63.5% of men changing their statuses then.
But a small -- and terrifying -- number of women (2.6%) and men (4.6%) say it's okay to list themselves as "In a Relationship" on Facebook with the other person before their first date. (No stats on how many restraining orders were filed as a result.)
One thing everyone agrees: Put your phone away. No one wants to sit there while you're texting your friends and checking in on Facebook. Although some concede (around 25%) they'll forgive you if you answer your phone in an emergency.