Are You Turned Off By Men Who Can’t Spell?

October 20, 2015  |  

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Would you skip over the dating profile of a man who meets all of the requirements on your list of non-negotiables because he doesn’t know the difference between “you’re” and “your”? What if his spelling wasn’t up to par?

According to a recent study conducted by popular writing application Grammarly and dating site eHarmony, just two spelling errors in a man’s dating profile can reduce his chances of getting responses from women by up to 14 percent. The spelling and grammatical errors included in dating profiles belonging to women, however, did not appear to have an impact on their ability to connect with positive matches.

Grammarly and eHarmony gathered these statistics after reviewing 10,000 of the dating website’s male and female matches. While 50 percent of the matches engaged in two-way communication, the other 50 matches either resulted in one-way or no communication at all. The answers to long-form questions on the dating profiles of each male and female match were then analyzed by Grammarly’s automated proofreader.

Ironically, women were two times more likely than men to make grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors per 100 words published in their dating profiles. The study also revealed that both women and men found a potential date’s ability to construct a proper sentence to be slightly more important than confidence levels.

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