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Old friends more grateful to receive a message than we expect, study finds

By Nicola Davis

11 Jul 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

Looking for an excuse to text that old pal who pops into your head every few weeks or months? Look no further. This article delves into a recent study which found the connection was well received.

It has happened to us all: sitting on the sofa, toying with the idea of sending an old friend an unexpected text, but worrying that a message out of the blue may seem weird, intrusive or just plain unwelcome.

However, research suggests such fears are unfounded, with those on the receiving end often far more grateful than the sender may expect.

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