Lame: Texting & Dating
The trend: Men asking women out on dates via text. According to a study by the Mobile Marketing Association, 44% of 13 to 34 year-olds use SMSing to flirt or date. A friend tells the Rage that guys never ask her out anymore--and this pal ain't 16 years old either. Apparently, dudes now avoid any iota of rejection and besides, it's easier to send a message like "Wanna have dinner on Fri at 8?" than pick up the darn phone.
The upside for men: There's no worry that a woman will cackle and shriek "Are you out of your freaking mind, geekwad?" or just "ummmmmm" in that awkward way that, in essence, means: no.
The downside for women: If a guy doesn't have enough Tabasco sauce in his blood to ask you out to a movie or coffee, he'll probably never muster up the gusto to propose--or even get to second base. Or, he's just a cad who can't be bothered to invest the time or energy to dial digits. Either way, this phenom only bodes well for the ever increasing divorce rate. The study also revealed that 10% of men (and women) have texted to break up. (In April, Carrie Underwood and Chace Crawford broke up via text.)