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    Posted on Apr 8, 2015

    This Is How iPhone Texting Bubbles Work

    Three little bubbles of stress.

    Everyone with an iPhone is familiar with the typing awareness indicator. Those three little bubbles have caused countless bouts of anxiety and suspense.

    Well, the people over at Slate conducted an experiment showing how the indicator actually works.

    A side-by-side test shows that the typing indicator appears and lasts for 60 seconds regardless of how long you're typing or if you abandoned your text.

    Slate / Via slate.com

    They also did tests with Gchat and Facebook Messenger to show how long their indicators last.

    Slate / Via slate.com

    While this might answer the question of how the little bubbles work, it still doesn't cure the anxiety associated with it.

    BBC One

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