Why Exclamation Points Could Be the Secret to Online Dating
Love may be in the air, but something surprising may be sinking your chances. According to a new study conducted by online dating site Zoosk, it's more than just your choice of photos or favorite activities that attracts, or repels, a prospective match. Grammar, that ole linchpin of good writing practices and grade school proficiency, actually plays a surprising role!
According to the study's findings, men and women differ a bit on the subject. (Are we surprised?) While 65% of women consider poor grammar a deal breaker, 60% of men wouldn’t let grammar get in the way of pursuing a date. However, three in four men polled reported being turned off by spelling errors (using “alot” rather than “a lot” will decrease your response rate by 12%!). Another subject covered in the study is the infamous use of a period to end a text, one grammatically correct practice with a bad reputation for appearing gruff or insincere. Turns out 93% of men would be happy to receive a text message with this proper punctuation.
Further on the punctuation front, Zoosk found that a first message that includes an exclamation point increased response rates by 10%. As for slangy shorthand phrases, the jury is split. "YOLO" decreases response rates by nearly 50%, while "LOL" increases them by 25%.
The next time you send a note on Zoosk, Bumble, or whatever your dating app of choice is, be sure to cross those T's and dot your I's. You've got this.
Looking for even more advice about online dating profiles? Read expert Lisa Hoehn's book, You Probably Shouldn’t Write That.
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