EXPERTS agree with your mum that jabbing the screen with a single finger is the most effective method of text messaging.
New research has found that a one-finger approach provides the most accurate spelling and selection of emojis, which should always take precedence over speed.
Professor Henry Brubaker of the Institute for Studies said: “While many favour the quicker, more natural movement of texting with both thumbs, the correct method is actually holding the phone a foot away from your face and typing one letter at a time with your index finger.
“You can build on this technique by completely retracting the finger every time you make contact with the phone, to inspect what you have written for accuracy.
“Our research suggests that when done properly, composing a single message should take up to 15 minutes, and leave the texter completely unable to respond to outside stimuli during this period.
“Struggling with something incredibly simple is all part of the fun of this method of texting, which is likely why ageing parents favour it.”
When asked for her opinion, 59-year-old mum Mary Fisher’s WhatsApp status said ‘typing’ for seven minutes before she replied with a single thumbs up emoji.