By YAN WANG
NEW YORK (CBS) Navigating the way through love is difficult enough, and it never really gets easier. But now, with the digital element added, somehow dating has become less personal.
Cell phones and text messaging have drastically changed the way teens interact, especially when it comes to being romantic.
"Want 2 c a movie w/ me?" It may not seem like the most poetic of text messages, or the best way to ask someone out on a first date, but according to a survey conducted by text app TextPlus, about 65 percent of teens ages 13-17 think it is perfectly fine to ask someone out on a first date via text. In the same age bracket, 29 percent say they've actually asked someone out that way, and 43 percent say they've received a first-day invitation through a text message.
If two people start a relationship electronically, but happens afterward? Fast-forward to the end: The hardest part about breaking up is usually looking someone in the eye and letting him or her know it's time to move on -- but wait -- teens today can avoid that awkward conversation altogether.
Shockingly, 24 percent of teens ages 13-17 think it is suitable to break up with someone via a text message, and 26 percent admit to actually ending a relationship that way.
And in the same group, just over 30 percent of teens say someone has used a text message to break up with them.
TextPlus resident "textpert" Drew Olanoff gives some pointers to those who insist on using text messages to date:
1.Make sure this isn't the first interaction you are having with your date.
2. Use proper spelling and grammar. Don't use short hand or abbreviate words.
3. Be the decision maker. Don't ask the recipient where he/she wants to go.
4. Personalize the text so he/she doesn't think it's a generic mass text you sent to all your contacts.
5. Send a picture to give it some character!