Looking for love isn’t easy, and the struggle isn’t over once we finally meet someone we click well with and can actually see ourselves dating long-term. There are some crucial mistakes you may be making when it comes to interacting with your new potential partner. In fact, sending certain types of messages could be keeping you single.
According to a study by Match.com, roughly 84% of people are totally put off by the messages they receive from people they’re dating, and the reasons for their dissatisfaction are pretty intense—especially since most of us are guilty of them. Here are the 7 biggest offenders.
1. ANSWERING ONLY ONE QUESTION OF MANY THAT WERE ASKED
Is there anything more annoying than asking several questions of someone and only getting an answer to one? Sure, sometimes it’s a simple oversight, but if you’re truly engaged in the conversation and reading the messages you receive thoroughly, you should catch the error and answer promptly. A whopping 40% of survey respondents expressed annoyance with those who don’t.
2. SENDING TOO MANY MESSAGES
Another classic. While double texting isn’t the end of the world, 35% of people say that getting too many messages in a row is a major turn-off. We all have lives and are very busy, so sending text after text before the recipient has had a chance to read and respond isn’t just annoying, it comes off as a bit desperate.
3. SENDING CORNY SELFIES
It’s tempting to send the person you’re dating some sexy snapshots, but there is such a thing as trying too hard—and 34% of people say cheesy selfies can totally change the way they view someone they thought they were previously attracted to. If you’re asked for a pic and you feel comfortable sending one, by all means do, but maybe save the duck lips or the FaceTuned shots for your camera roll.