The Short Version: Using improper grammar in your online dating profile and messages can often lower your chances of finding a match. But with Grammarly — the world’s leading, free proofreading browser extension and app — you don’t have to worry about things like when to use “who” or “whom.” Thanks to a cutting-edge algorithm and helpful writing products, not only can Grammarly catch your spelling, punctuation, and style mistakes, but it can also improve your dating life.
According to a recent study by the premier proofreading tool Grammarly, 88% percent of women and 75% of men say grammar is the quality they would judge a date on. That’s compared to 84% of women and 69% of men who say it’s confidence.
So if a higher percentage of people value grammar more than confidence, the text you use in your online dating profile matters a lot.
But we can’t all be dating wordsmiths, and we don’t have to be because we have the aforementioned Grammarly.
With over 4 million users and dozens of products licensed by more than 600 top universities (including Berkeley, Northwestern, and Stanford), Grammarly is the largest and most popular writing browser extension and app — and it’s 100% free.
Used by students, bloggers, and even professional writers, Grammarly finds and fixes hundreds of grammar, spelling, punctuation, and style mistakes that most people just don’t catch. That way, everything you type makes sense, gets your point across correctly, and is free of errors — not to mention helps build up your personal vocab list.
We spoke with Michael Mager, of Grammarly, to get his insights on the effects bad grammar can have on someone’s online dating experiences — as well as how Grammarly and its unique algorithm and helpful products can help.
Grammarly Study: Good Grammar Improves Online Dating Success
To determine how using proper grammar can have a positive impact on a single’s online dating life — as well as how bad grammar can have a negative impact — Grammarly paired up with industry juggernaut eHarmony. They reviewed over 10,000 heterosexual matches generated by the dating site’s algorithm.
“Our goal was to give people better insight into not just our data but other data that’s been collected about good grammar, maximize the value we offer, and highlight how proper grammar can improve your overall dating efforts,” Michael said.
Some of the big findings include:
- Men who properly use the word “whom” get 31% more outreaches from women.
- Just two spelling errors on your profile reduce your chances of someone contacting you by 14%.
- Men who write “women” instead of “girls” are 28% more successful in online dating.
- Women who use the words “divorce,” “separate,” or “my ex” receive 4% fewer messages from men.
Michael also offered up some expert tips for avoiding those common mistakes and making a good first impression with what you type. For example, before you publish your profile or hit the send button on a message, read your sentences backward, double and even triple checking your spelling, and don’t resort to netspeak.
“That’s our overall message — the importance of quality writing in making a first good impression,” he said.
Grammarly’s Services Can Help You Avoid Mistakes in the Future
From its exclusive and instinctual algorithm to dozens of useful products, Grammarly has all of your writing needs covered from every angle. What we especially love about these resources is you can use them to pick up new writing skills as you go — as well as keep mistakes from happening again.
An Intuitive Algorithm Detects & Corrects More Errors Than a Word Processor
Grammarly’s algorithm is the main component that makes it stand out from all other proofreading tools. They even have a full-time team of computational linguists who have been working on and improving the algorithm every day for the past six years.
“Grammarly can quickly learn the way language changes — new words, new ways of using words and new ways of interacting with language all get applied to the platform and help to improve the quality of the product.” — Ben Kepes
How it works is Grammarly will underline words or phrases you type that could use some help — whether you’re responding to emails, creating a blog post, writing a message on Facebook, or commenting on an article. All you have to do is hover over the underlined text and accept or ignore the suggested edits.
As millions of people do this, not only is the algorithm learning how to detect more mistakes — but users are able to catch on to their particular mistakes and learn how to avoid them in the future. Grammarly will even send you performance stats so you can track how you’re doing as well as detailed explanations of grammar rules and tips to regularly follow.
Numerous Online Products Address Your Every Writing Need
Besides Grammarly’s core service — its algorithm — they offer tons of on-site features that will also help take your writing to the next level, including:
- Spell Check: Copy your text into Grammarly to see if you misspelled any words or have any misplaced apostrophes and errors like that.
- Plagiarism Checker: Compare your writing to more than 8 billion webpages to ensure it’s unique. This feature also includes a Citation Generator for MLA, APA, and Chicago style.
- Grammarly@EDU: Writing assistance software for students, professors, and schools.
- The Grammarly Blog: Get even more expert tips from articles like “Commonly Confused Word Pairs” and Spotlights on related companies like the Khan Academy.
And not only do all of these resources lead to more satisfied Grammarly users, but also better writers all over the world.
Grammarly’s Mission: Improve Lives By Improving Communication
According to Grammarly, there are more than 2 billion native and non-native English writers in the world. And there are a variety of ways for them to communicate.
Besides things like letters, newspapers, and books, we’ve got emails, texts, IMs, tweets, and more. This means these writers also have a variety of avenues for making grammar mistakes — maybe without even realizing it.
Grammarly is here to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Built in 2008 by computational linguists, software engineers, grammar nerds, and language lovers in general, Grammarly was founded in 2008 by Alex Shevchenko and Max Lytvyn, Grammarly, who were dissatisfied with the typical spell-checkers you find in word processors.
They wanted to create the ultimate grammar tool, one that could adapt to user interaction and get better the more it’s used. And that’s exactly what they did.
Available on Chrome, Safari, and Firefox — as well as Android and as a download for programs like Microsoft Office — Grammarly can now find and correct mistakes 10 times more than word processors, fix over 250 types of errors (including subject-verb agreement and modifier placement), and suggest content-optimized synonyms.
Grammarly strives to enhance people’s lives by enhancing their communication skills — especially for those who writing doesn’t come naturally — and they’re definitely doing it. With improvements being made to the algorithm on a daily basis and constant resources being added to the site, Grammarly can make you a talented writer and help you get lucky in love.