Relationships are tricky business, and pretty much every couple has to deal with a communication breakdown at some point (or several points). While it's probably been that way ever since human beings started pairing off, there's no question that texting has brought a new element of potential communication pitfalls into the mix. Now, not only do we have to figure out the meaning behind our partner's speech and body language, we have to decode their onscreen messages, too. So what does your partner's texting style say about your relationship?
The issue with texting, as we all know, is that it can be tough to figure out a person's tone. Does that lack of punctuation mean your S.O. is being curt, or are they just in a hurry? Or what if you find yourself waiting for a response longer than usual — is there trouble brewing or is your partner just stuck in meeting? In one study, psychologists at Pace University found that couples with similar texting styles were happier in their relationships overall than their counterparts, with both the content and frequency of messaging being taken into account, according to The Daily Mail. While it might seem like NBD, if your texts are constantly being misinterpreted or ignored (or the other way around), it's bound to start an argument eventually. Or a compromise: My husband, for example, knows that I interpret any text that doesn't end with an exclamation point as outright hostile. (I know, I'm a weirdo, it's just this thing I have, okay?)
That said, there are some people who just aren't that into texting — or just have some quirky habits that can be tough to figure out. Naturally, the only way you'll ever really know what's up is if you ask, like, IRL. But if your partner's texting style falls into one of the following categories, it just might mean something along these lines.