Struggling in the dating market? Then you might want to check your spelling.
A study has shown that poor writing and grammar can detract from romance. And Romeos would be advised to avoid slang, abbreviations and emojis in texting to lovers.
A survey of 1,000 people by dating app Badoo found that 69 per cent of British singles are ‘choked off’ by poorly written messages in the early stages of flirting.
Nearly half of online data viewers (49%) have been sent messages with little or no punctuation – and such mistakes by students are damaging opportunities for intimacy, with 42% admitting them cheated by a lousy text while ‘flirting’ with a partner.
Dating app Badoo’s survey of 1,000 people finds that 69% of single Britons are ‘turned off’ by poorly written messages
Forty-four percent say they will blame their partner for sloppy writing, because it shows laziness. And 40% say ‘talk in writing’ – such as WUU2 (‘what are you going to do?’) or LOL (‘laugh out loud’) – is off.
And you better get the hang of it right from the start, as 69% believe that first text messages reveal more about a suitor’s personality than their dating profile.
TV presenter Anna Richardson said: ‘Sloppy spelling can be a cause of nearly a third of our failures, it’s enough to prevent us from moving forward in a relationship.
And 40% say ‘talk in writing’ – such as WUU2 (‘what are you going to do?’) or LOL (‘laugh out loud’) – is off
‘Nearly half of us agree that talking in writing shouldn’t be something happening in 2022.’
She added: ‘You may think the comma seems small and insignificant but that’s how you use it.
‘A small comma can go a very long way.’
The TV presenter teamed up with Badoo to release an engaging video titled ‘Talk Grammar To Me’, which depicts Ms Richardson as a teacher who imparts words of wisdom.