Essentially, the sender typed what was on his mind and hit Send, no backspace, no edits.
But the downward bend of the trend lines is a wingman in numbers, saying don’t overthink Now, the first vertical on the left, the messages that took no more than ten seconds to write, represents an inordinate amount of the whole and should raise some eyebrows.
It raised mine for sure, and at this point I’m so jaded my face is frozen — Botox has nothing on ten years working at a dating site.
Those are the messages that were “typed” with just a few keystrokes.
There are a lot of them — all told, 20 percent of the sample registered 5 or fewer keystrokes.
Below are messages between 150 and 300 characters, plotted against how long they took to write.
As you can see, taking your time helps, up to a point.
Going back to the logs, I found it took the sender 73 minutes and 41 seconds to hammer out those 5,979 characters of hello — his final message was about as long as four pages in this book. Neither did the gentleman sender of B, who wins the Raymond Carver award for labor-intensive brevity.
He took 387 keystrokes to get to“Hey.” But these are the examples at the extremes.
How are so many people typing messages that long that quickly?