I’ve written before about how I met my husband on the streets of Philadelphia, when the city was hit by a snowstorm that brought traffic to a halt.
My husband, or at that time the stranger, was headed to a record store several blocks away because that is what he does in a snow storm. He stopped under the awning of my office building to get temporary refuge from the pelting ice. I came out of the building at exactly that moment.
Over 30 years later, we both remember that night vividly. The slippery streets, the stalled traffic, his invitation to get a cup of coffee and wait the storm out.
We fell into a conversation that lasted for hours. As it turned out, we had a lot in common. We loved books and basketball, for starters. And though the term had yet to be coined, we discovered that we had mutual friends through six degrees of separation.
Granted, it was an unusual way to meet. Sometimes I wonder, if we met now — 2016 instead of 1982 — would we have matched on an online dating site? I think it is very possible.
Handsome, good personality, and grammatical.
Knowing what a good writer my husband is, I would have been impressed with his profile description. He would have been creative, funny, and most of all, grammatically correct. Which is one of the things I love best about him.
Incorrect grammar is a huge turnoff for me. And apparently I’m not alone. The way people write when they’re looking for love does make a difference, according to Grammarly.
Valentine’s Day is approaching, so pay attention, single people.
The folks at Grammarly, the team behind the popular writing app, partnered with the online dating website eHarmony to determine whether the writing skills displayed in people’s online dating profiles affect their chances of finding romance.
Here’s how they did it.
They reviewed 10,000 eHarmony male/female matches generated by eHarmony’s matching algorithm. Fifty percent of the matches advanced to two-way communication, while the other 50 percent failed to advance. Each male and female in a match wrote long-form answers to questions on their dating profile. These writing samples were analyzed by Grammarly’s automated proofreader for accuracy in grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
The results are fascinating, and perhaps not what you would have expected. Grammarly summarized them, along with other online dating statistics, in this infographic:
Happy Valentine’s Day to all. And if you’re in search of an online valentine this Valentine’s Day, proof read before you click send. ♥