Bad grammar and textspeak are a turn-off for half of Britons who look for love online, shows study
- A poll of 2,000 British daters found that 52 per cent would snub text speakers
- Women were fussier than men, with 58 per cent saying they are ‘turned off’
- Among the most annoying habits were misplaced apostrophes
Looking for love online? Then you need to brush up on your spelling and grammar, according to a new study.
A poll of 2,000 British daters found that 52 per cent would snub potential partners if their messages were littered with spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.
Women were fussier than men, with 58 per cent saying they would be ‘turned off’ by someone who repeatedly misspelt words or bungled their grammar, compared with 45 per cent of men.
A poll of 2,000 British daters found that 52 per cent would snub potential partners if their messages were littered with spelling, grammar and punctuation errors
People aged over the age of 55 were the least interested in grammar
Among the most annoying habits were misplaced apostrophes, writing ‘your’ instead of ‘you’re’ and muddling up ‘there’ and ‘their’ or ‘where’ and ‘were’. Other bugbears included using more than one exclamation mark and employing textspeak such as YOLO (‘You Only Live Once’), OMG (‘Oh My God’) and LOL (‘Laughing Out Loud’).
The choosiest daters are from Bristol, where 69 per cent said they couldn’t abide bad spelling and grammar. They were followed by London (59 per cent), Norwich and Leicester (both 53 per cent). Those from Newcastle (43 per cent) are the least choosy, followed by Birmingham (45 per cent) and Edinburgh (50 per cent). The most irked were daters aged between 18 and 34, with 58 per cent saying that bad grammar and spelling were a turn-off, compared with 52 per cent of those between 35 and 54 and 48 per cent of those over 55.
Georgiana Niven, 41, from Maidstone, Kent, said she was a stickler for spelling, adding: ‘I’ve been single now for three years and I’ve lost count of the dates I’ve rejected due to them mauling the English language. My friends all tell me I’m being too fussy, but if someone can’t spell my name right or tell the difference between “too” and “to” or “your” and “you’re”, there is no way I’m sharing a drink with them, let alone my bed.’
Rachael Lloyd, of dating website eharmony, which commissioned the research, said that hopefuls should check their messages for errors before they send them.
A study by Tilburg University in the Netherlands two years ago found that spelling mistakes in a dating profile were seen as showing a lack of care and made the writer less attractive.