‘Digital Flirting Rules’ survey reveals biggest texting turnoffs

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Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2014 6:00 pm

Texting is a widely popular form of communication used in dating and relationships. However, it can also cause some complications.

According to a new 'Digital Flirting Rules' survey by Omlet -- "a chat app developed by Stanford students that makes digital flirting, messaging, and communication more fun" -- most men and women consider funky or very informal spelling to be their #1 biggest turnoff when receiving chat or text messages.

Here’s a look at the other top 5 digital flirting turnoffs. Starting with women…

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)

To conduct this survey, Omlet surveyed a sample representative of 1,000 adults and young people. One thing that both sexes agreed on that they like are emoticons and emojis. 31% of men and 38% of women prefer to receive chats and text messages filled with smiley faces, winks and all that other stuff. So go ahead and keep doing that before hitting send.

One thing that stuck out to me was that 46% of men do not like receiving a text with multiple exclamation points. So ladies, keep those exclamations in check when messaging guys.

While 21% of guys really like being messaged during non-waking hours (from 11pm to 7am), only 1% of women want to receive off-hour texts -- with 55% of women really disliking this. So men, think twice about that 2am "Are you up?" text.

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