Poor post date texting could cost you a second date

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A winky face is the mark of a moron...

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The evening went well, you think he has potential and then you get the post date text. Badly spelt, grammatically incorrect and full of acronyms like LOL and LMAO.

Delete. Game over.

Nearly a third of singles have said that bad 'textiquette' would put them off seeing a date again.

Match.com's upcoming LoveGeist report has shed light on how technology is affecting the way we date.

They found that the biggest textal turn-off was bad spelling, closely followed by use of abbreviations (such as g8 and l8r) and acronyms.

Not waiting for a reply before sending another text, as well as sending one word messages or smiley faces were also cited as major faux pas.

The online dating site's resident relationship Kate Taylor comments, "In recent years the way we use technology to communicate after a date has made the post-date follow-up more important than ever.

Not only do you now need to perform well on the date itself, if your follow-up message isn't up to scratch, then you might be out of contention for a second meeting."

5 tips for textual chemistry

Kate Taylor shares her advice for staying on message...

1. Texts should be light-hearted and tantalising. Don't use them for outpourings of emotion, whether positive or negative. Instead, regard them as the electronic equivalent of a flirty water-cooler moment. A cute little way to say, "great to meet you" and not much more.

2. Be mysterious. Don't feel obliged to answer every text. In fact, it's better if you don't, as they will likely just come running back for more.

3. Don't treat texts like your Facebook status. Sending texts and pictures of all the fun stuff you're doing won't make you look busy and popular, and it's not healthy.

4. Take it one text at a time. Don't worry if you don't get a reply straight away! And never send a "Did you get my message?" text. They got it, so forget you sent it and get on with your day.

5. Keep it humorous. There's no need to roll-out the knock-knock jokes, but a mushy message written in a funny way is 100 times more appealing than one written seriously. And it would be less embarrassing if they were to show it to their friends.
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