4. TAKING FOREVER TO REPLY
It’s not hard to understand why 33% of people find it maddening to have to wait forever to get a reply to a text they’ve sent. Again, while everyone understands how busy our lives can be, it’s rude not to message back, even if it’s just to say that you’re having a hectic day and will get back ASAP. Playing games is for kids, so be an adult and text back in a timely manner.
5. OVERUSING EMOJIS
Using emojis to spice up conversation can be fun with our BFFs, but 39% of people say using too many—the poo face and the eggplant being the worst offenders—is not a good look. If you’re using emojis in place of actual words, there’s a serious problem. Keep their use to a minimum for maximum effect.
6. POOR GRAMMAR, SPELLING, AND PUNCTUATION
You don’t have to be an Ivy League scholar with expert level knowledge of the AP Style Guide, but 32% of people really aren’t into dating someone who can’t at least construct a grammatically proper sentence. Shorthand typing may be quicker, especially when you’re in a hurry, but knowing the difference between “there” and “their” could make all the difference in your dating life.
7. USING OBNOXIOUS PET NAMES LIKE “BAE”
Nope, it’s not cute—28% of people really aren’t into being called “bae,” “babe,” or any other cheesy term of endearment you come up with. Learn how to read the room, so to speak—if your texting partner doesn’t talk like that, maybe you shouldn’t either (at least until you’re actually coupled up and this becomes a lovable quirk rather than a cringe-worthy turn-off).