Woman charts how text messages change after marriage

October 21, 2014 admin No comments

Relationship words (Picture: Alice Zhao/http://adashofdata.com)

From Hey to Ok (Picture: Alice Zhao/ http://adashofdata.com)

So this is what married life really looks like.

Data scientist Alice Zhao created these infographics for her husband to mark their six year anniversary.

They show how the couple’s text messages to one another have changed over the years.

At first look, it seems love and kisses go out the window, to be replaced by a big, massive home.

However, Zhao explains: ‘We no longer have to text “I love you” from a distance in the middle of the night.

‘I can now roll over, snuggle with my husband and whisper it into his ear.’

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(Picture: Alice Zhao/ http://adashofdata.com)

The project began when, on their one year anniversary, her husband gave her a Word document of all their text messages since their first date, which he called #thegiftofdata.

For their most recent anniversary, Mrs Zhao looked at texts from the past year as an engaged then married couple, and compared the words to those texted six years.

She said: ‘The main difference is that while we were dating, we didn’t see each other every day, so a lot of our communication had to happen via text.

‘We’d often message the other person to see what they were doing or tell them that we were thinking of them.

‘As a married couple, since we’re together all the time, we set up date nights and say sweet things to each other in person, so texting is mostly used to confirm logistics or share random thoughts.’

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(Picture: Alice Zhao/ http://adashofdata.com)

The couple also stopped saying each others’ names in their text six years on.

Zhao also looked at the time of day she and her husband texted and how it had changed.

She said: ‘While dating, we started thinking about each other around 3pm in the afternoon and we’d send each other text messages until 3am in the morning.

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(Picture: Alice Zhao/ http://adashofdata.com)

‘As a married couple, our texting schedule has pretty much flipped. We text all through the workday and never at night.’

The reason being, of course, that they’re now together at night.

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