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Texting Turnoffs: Stanford Survey Reveals Biggest Digital Flirt Fails

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DALLAS — Okay, so the rules of dating aren’t so simple. With texts, tweets and posts – things can get, well, complicated.

“I feel like smiley faces, they’re great, but I don’t know if they really mean it,” Olmar Vanegas said.

Well, it might be your approach. A recent survey conducted by Stanford University students breaks-down digital flirting turnoffs.

Turns out, of the 1,000 adults surveyed, funky or informal spelling topped the list for both sexes when it comes to digital deal breakers.

“ ‘K’ – ‘K’ really gets me. But, I really don’t like short text messages,” Ellie King said. For chicks, flirting turnoffs also include: lack of punctuation and grammar, and excessive slang. Oh, and sending texts while they’re sleeping is also a digital don’t.

To be fair, dudes don’t like it when chicks use multiple exclamation points.  “Exclamations points – they just irritate me. I don’t why – exclamation points irritate me,” Venegas added. Excessive slang also is a big turnoff for men.

So, guys and gals, remember – if you’re trying to holla at someone special, don’t phone it in; brush-up on your grammar —exclamation point!

Here’s the list of turnoffs generated in the survey:

Top five biggest digital flirting turnoffs for women

1. Funky or very informal spelling (73 percent disapproval rating)

2. Lack of punctuation and grammar (59 percent disapprove)

3. Excessive slang (54 percent disapprove)

4. Messages during sleeping hours (51 percent disapprove)

5. All lowercase words (50 percent disapprove)

Top five biggest digital flirting turnoffs for men

1. Funky or very informal spelling (58 percent disapproval rating)

2. Multiple exclamation points in chat messages (47 percent disapprove)

3. Lack of punctuation and grammar (46 percent disapprove)

4. All lowercase words (41 percent disapprove)

5. Excessive slang — LOL, BRB, WTF (40 percent disapprove)

 

 

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