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Drew Johnson has learned that when it comes to asking a woman out, texting beats calling every time."Most of the girls I've hung out with lately prefer a group activity rather than one-on-one," says Johnson, 30, a mechanical engineer from West Chicago, Ill., who plays bass in a band.

"From my observations, the response rate on, 'Do you want to go for dinner or meet for a drink?

' is very low compared to 'I'm here with a group of people. Casual, easy and non-threatening — the simple beauty of text messaging is upending American dating culture.

Not since the dawn of the automobile has a technology — the cellphone — so swiftly and radically changed the way people interact, meet and move forward (or not) in a relationship.

The daters, ages 21 to 50, give even greater insight into mobile behaviors and a new range of dating questions: Do you check your phone during a date? Should a friend call or text you to see how the date is going?

Some would say this limits their options, but it prevents users from falling down the rabbit hole of swiping right and left on thousands of profiles at a time.

"What the work does is highlights one potential downside to mobile phones being so ubiquitous," said study researcher Andrew Przybylski, a psychologist at the University of Essex.

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Texting has created a new brand of mobile etiquette, and for dating, it has given rise to new ways of flirting and even defining exactly what's going on between two people.

A new survey of 1,500 daters provided to USA TODAY reveals how deeply mobile technology has rocked the dating world.

Przybylski got the inspiration for the study after noticing daters and bar-goers in Manhattan leaving their phones out on the bar or table.

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