A quick guide to avoiding one of the most common Tinder mistakesWhile gathering city data and making sense of the numbers, the linguist in yours truly was hitching to run some filters on the bio and look for a lot of nuances that could only come from a deep linguistic analysis. Having looked at a number of Tinder related sites before, we also knew that people want to perfect their profiles in order to maximise their chances of a match. Let’s see if we can help you by also sharing some interesting ti(n)d(er)bits we found that will hopefully make you smile as much as they made us. One obvious way to get more matches is to make sure that your bio does not include embarrassing mistakes.
You wouldn’t want to have mistakes on a resume, would you? Treat your “About me” section accordingly: spelling errors can significantly impact your prospects. A study by Grammarly and eHarmony even went as far as quantifying that, stating that “Just two spelling errors on your online dating profile reduce your chances of a response by 14%”
sentence above refers to men, even though, according to their findings, women are more likely than men to make grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes in their profile. Interestingly, men seem more easygoing about it, despite no actual numbers being given out. There is some data, however, that is unequivocal independent of sex: grammar trumps confidence. Of course, not everybody would rule you out or feel the urge to correct you at the first spelling mistake,
96% of 5000 women voted grammar as more important than confidence or dental hygiene
(source: match.com)but if your disregard for grammar and its rules is a constant of your written exchanges, this is going to prove problematic. Especially so if the person you are talking to thinks that poor grammar is but the reflection of your poor general knowledge or attitude towards life: this seems to be a big deal while looking for a potential partner, especially from the women’s point of view.
The fraud detection company SiftScience found a significant link between grammar and spelling mistakes and online scams. The message “ur”, for instance, seems to be almost more four times more likely to be fraudolent than the correct spelling.
Most importantly though, it highlights a lack of effort, which is a great put off in any form, whether we are talking about your teeth or your English. Our “profile ideas” section can help you look witty and LITERATE on your bio, but remember to back that up with a little extra attention next time you encounter the most common traps
The Wall Street Journal also chimed in revealing that first messages using text language such as “u”, “2”, “4”, “wanna” significantly decrease your perceived attractiveness. There seems to be a trend related to the insurgence of the self proclaimed grammar nazis:
they’ve had enough of cringing at the various “See you their”, “Your a nice girl”, “Lets have dinner than!” and make it clear from their profile. Since the word nazi doesn’t quite make the cut for the perfect bio, they use a “codeword” to find like-MINDED people. The word in question is SAPIOSEXUAL
So whatever you are after on Tinder or any other dating site, please be advised to mind your grammar. Hoping you have both enjoyed this article and learnt something new today, we are more than happy to give you a few more examples of what NOT to write on your bio. Right before that, a funny song by the great Al Yankovic. If you have never seen the video, just watch it now. You might learn something!