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Couples more likely to text I love you than saying it

London: It seems mobile phones are proving to be handy for couples in love who can`t muster enough courage to express their feelings face to face.

According to a new survey in Britain, the majority of couples in relationships are more likely to text the words "I love you" to each other than saying it face to face.

The survey of 2,137 people in relationships across the UK found that 61 per cent texted "I love you" to their partner on a regular basis, compared to 22 per cent who told their face-to-face that they love them.

The research, conducted by mobile phone comparison site goodmobilephones.Co.Uk, also found that men were more likely than women to use text messages to express their feelings to their partners.

When asked to stipulate how many times they text their partner per day, women averaged just once a day, whereas men said that, on average, they text their partner three times a day expressing their feelings, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Of the respondents who also texted "I love you" to their partners besides telling it, 11 per cent said it was because they felt guilty for not spending enough time with them, while 39 per cent said it was because they missed them while they were apart.

A quarter of respondents said it was because they thought their other half would "get annoyed" if they didn`t include it in the text message.

About 23 per cent of those surveyed said they thought their partner would actually appreciate a loving text more than just saying "I love you" when they left the house.

The survey also asked if any of the respondents had ever been dumped by text message. Only 18 per cent of them said they had been dumped by text message.

When asked whether they had ever used a text message to end a relationship, 71 per cent of women surveyed said that they had.

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