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Study shows texting may help families connect

By Lori Tipton 5:51 PM January 7, 2014

A recent study by the University of Nebraska reveals texting may help family members feel closer.

ANCHORAGE - Texting has a reputation for impairing our ability to have a face-to-face conversations and making relationships more impersonal.

One study, however, found the opposite — families actually talk more often over texts and in turn, get closer.

Researchers at the University of Nebraska interviewed 150 people about their texting practices.

Sixty percent said they rarely lie in a text and 80 percent said they were more likely to express their feelings honestly through text than in person. More than half of the women said they believe texting helps connect and enhance relationships with their families.

The study also found that the family member who tends to text the most is mom.

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