Most first dates are arranged over SMS
Sending a text message is now the most popular way to ask someone out on a first date, a survey has found.
33 percent of people said they would opt for sending an SMS when asking someone out for the first time, rather than speaking to them face-to-face.
Worried about getting embarrassed if asking them out in person, or on the phone, sending messages like: "Gr8 2 c u. fancy a drink tmz nite?" is becoming more and more popular.
26 percent of those quizzed said they still prefer the traditional face-to-face approach - but 20 percent claim to have asked someone out via a social network like Facebook or Twitter.
The survey of 150 people also found 13 percent of people would ask someone out via an e-mail ... and hope their would-be partner didn't hit reply to all.
A spokesperson for Envirofone.com - who commissioned the survey - said: "I was quite surprised as I had expected email and sites such as Facebook to be more popular.
"I think people still feel the mobile phone is a more personal form of communication, and sending a text message is potentially far less embarrassing then making a phone call!"
How do people ask someone out on a first date
- Text Message 35%
- Face-to-face 26%
- Social Network 20%
- Email 13%
- Telephone 6%