'Digital Flirting Rules' survey finds biggest texting turnoffs

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

"Hey, Digital Flirts: 58% of Men Hate Your 'Funky Spelling' When Texting."

Question: If I holla at u w/ flrty msge 4 possibull date, do u care 'bout my cr8tive spellin'?

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.

Survey results include:



TOP 5 BIGGEST 'DIGITAL FLIRTING' TURN OFFS FOR MEN

#1: Funky or very informal spelling (58% disapproval rating)
#2: Multiple exclamation points in chat messages!!!!! (47% disapprove)
#3: Lack of punctuation and grammar (46% disapprove)
#4: all lower case words (41% disapprove)
#5: Excessive slang -- LOL, BRB, WTF (40% disapprove)



TOP 5 BIGGEST 'DIGITAL FLIRTING' TURN OFFS FOR WOMEN

#1: Funky or very informal spelling (73% disapproval rating)
#2: Lack of punctuation and grammar (59% disapprove)
#3: Excessive slang (54% disapprove)
#4: Messages during sleeping hours (51% disapprove)
#5: all lower case words (50% disapprove)

Source: Omlet super chat and messaging app (www.omlet.me)

To conduct this survey, Omlet surveyed a sample representative of 1,000 adults and young people. Other interesting findings include:



A. EMOTICONS AND EMOJI RANK HIGH FOR BOTH SEXES:-)

31% of men and 38% of women prefer to receive chat and text messages with multiple emoticons and emojis -- so keep using those smileys and winks.

B. MEN AND WOMEN DIFFER ON EXCESSIVE EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!

While only 38% of women have negative feelings towards "too excited" punctuation in chat messages, nearly 50% of men are annoyed by this. So ladies, keep those exclamations in check when messaging dudes.

C. DON'T MESSAGE WOMEN WHO ARE SLEEPING, GUYS OK WITH IT

>> 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 "R U up?" text.


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