KakaoTalk can tell if a crush likes you back

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KakaoTalk can tell if a crush likes you back

If you receive a KakaoTalk reply from the opposite sex within nine minutes, there’s a good chance the sender is attracted to you.

An analysis performed by the free app Textat of KakaoTalk conversations from 92,419 men and women in their teens, 20s and 30s put the average response time for a man at nine minutes given “immense” attraction to a female conversation partner. For women, that time was 10 minutes on average for conversations with men in whom they were “very much” interested.

When a male message recipient is “moderately” attracted to a female sender, a reply took 17 minutes. The figure rose to 44 minutes if he was not interested at all, according to the analysis.

Female receivers were relatively more polite at least when exchanging KakaoTalk messages. The longest it took females to reply was 33 minutes on average, even given no attraction to the sender at all.

“We have analyzed the relationship between response time and emotional status based on the texts exchanged among KakaoTalk users,” said Kim Jong-yoon, head of Scatter Lab. “The time elapsed before answering a message is one of the most useful yardsticks for assessing the counterpart’s feelings.”

Everyday users can try a similar analysis with the app to see if a conversation partner might harbor romantic feelings.

To do so, download the free Textat app - available on both iOS and Android operating systems - and submit the relevant KakaoTalk messages.

KakaoTalk allows its user to send entire conversations with people of interest via e-mail to the app.

The Korean-language service then provides instant feedback. What happens from there is up to you.


By Seo Ji-eun [spring@joongang.co.kr]

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