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The Do's and Don'ts of Digital Flirting

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:35:26 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(STANFORD, Calif.) -- Flirting is certainly an art form, and one that has taken on new dimensions due to texting.

As it happens, people who receive these texts are pretty particular not only about the content of the messages sent but how they're conveyed.

Stanford University students who developed the chat app Omlet conducted a survey of 1,000 adults and young people on "Digital Flirting Rules," and the number-one turnoff for both men and women is "Funky or very informal spelling."

"Lack of punctuation and grammar" was the second biggest irritant for the ladies, while guys complained about "Multiple exclamation points in chat messages."

Using a lot of slang, such as LOL, also isn't inadvisable if you're trying to make an impression.

Here are women's five biggest digital flirting turnoffs and disapproval ratings:

  1. Funky or very informal spelling -- 73 percent
  2. Lack of punctuation and grammar -- 59 percent
  3. Excessive slang -- 54 percent
  4. Messages during sleeping hours -- 51 percent
  5. All lowercase words -- 50 percent

Men's five biggest digital flirting turnoffs and disapproval ratings:

  1. Funky or very informal spelling -- 58 percent
  2. Multiple exclamation points in chat messages -- 47 percent
  3. Lack of punctuation and grammar -- 46 percent
  4. All lowercase words -- 41 percent
  5. Excessive slang -- 40 percent

Meanwhile, emoticons and emojis apparently hit the right spot when it comes to flirting. Thirty-one percent of men and 38 percent of women enjoy receiving them, according to the researchers.


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