Making language mistakes in dating site profiles makes the person look less attractive. At least that's what revealed a study conducted by researchers at Tilburg University in the Netherlands last month. According to the research, slips like writing "tudp" instead of "everything" and inserting capital letters in the wrong place are perceived as a sign of neglect and lack of attention, which can compromise the success of the match.
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The researchers gathered over 300 members of a dating site and asked them to read fake profiles that had language errors as well as those that did not contain errors. For the experiment, photos of people with "medium level of physical attractiveness" were used, since the use of very ugly or very beautiful partners could distort the results of the study. In the end, experience has shown that the presence of errors directly affects users' perceptions.
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Typos, for example, tend to be associated with the authors' lack of attention and interest. "In the case of online dating, lack of attention can be interpreted as a lack of effort and interest in spending time and care in building a profile, which is likely to be perceived as unattractive," explain the authors in the study. Errors based on grammatical and orthographic norms, in turn, are attributed to competence and intelligence.
The study also revealed that, contrary to what one might imagine, resorting to informal styles of digital communication, such as excessive exclamation points (hi !!!) or emojis, does not make the suitor look kinder. According to the study participants' perception, the most attractive people were those who wrote in the most formal way.
Still, there is hope for those who don't get along well with writing: only 33.3% of participants noticed errors in the text of the profiles. It should be noted, however, that the study has its limitations: only a small group of 55-year-old adults, a member of a single Dutch dating site, Parship, was heard.
Via Journal of Social and Personal Relationships and Daily Mail
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