I’m a stickler for grammar even when texting. I spell out “you” and “your” because I didn’t spend a trillion dollars on a Masters degree to butcher the English language. When other smarty pants write me in shorthand, it drives me nuts. If I see a Facebook status update with the word “dat,” I want to scream and unfriend the culprit. But I don’t. I’m not that bad. Actually, I am because I hide “dem” users from my newsfeed. #GrammarNatzi
Apparently, many of you feel the same. Poor grammar is a turn off, especially when online dating. A new Zoosk study discovered that both men and women will reject a potential online suitor due to bad spelling or misplaced apostrophes. Out of 9,000 online daters surveyed, 72% would consider it a deal beaker if you failed a 5th grade Spelling Bee (ahum, you can’t spell). Cold blooded!
What’s the big deal about bad grammar? It signals potential love interests that you’re lazy, busy or don’t care enough to put effort into your profile bio or messages when communicating. And you look like an idiot! Ok, the study didn’t say that – I did.
Regardless, seeming uncaring or uneducated is not a good look. It’s not attractive, yo. So, add periods to the end of your sentences (93% of daters said this makes their matches look more appealing) and pick up Grammar for Dummies – or, if you’re more sophisticated, The Elements of Style. Get to work before you get to writing that cutie online. If you’re a lazy smarty pants, do “urself” a favor and stop doing “dat” which will keep you single. #Amen