9 Social Media and Texting Habits That Can Destroy Your Chances in Age Gap Dating

9 Social MediaPost­ing a sim­ple mes­sage on your Face­book wall might seem inno­cent enough, but accord­ing to a new sur­vey by a major match­mak­ing web site, some of your seem­ingly nor­mal social media con­duct might actu­ally be hurt­ing your age gap dat­ing game.

When it comes to Face­book, the one habit that’s most likely to do dam­age in age gap dat­ing is shar­ing emo­tion­ally dra­matic posts—65% of the men sur­veyed said it was their biggest social media turnoff. Almost half (46%) of the men said they would be turned off by exces­sive self­ies, while another 49% wouldn’t be impressed with being asked to unfriend one of their exes.

Insta­gram might not be as pop­u­lar among older men, but it’s still out there, which means it can still impact how oth­ers see you in age gap dat­ing. Accord­ing to this sur­vey, the top three turnoffs for this social media plat­form include too many hash­tags, pho­tos of babies or kids, or inspir­ing quotes.

If you really want to suc­ceed in age gap dat­ing, make sure your tex­ting is on point, too—36% of men said that typos and incor­rect gram­mar were their biggest tex­ting turnoff, 33% hate one-word answers, and 30% have an issue with text mes­sages writ­ten in all caps. And if you’ve just found a new match you’re inter­ested in, you might want to avoid tex­ting him at work—almost half (47%) of the men said they didn’t care for that.

What other social media habits would be deal-breakers for you in age gap dating?


Stam­pler, L., “These Tex­ting and Social Media Habits Could Sab­o­tage Your Love Life,” TIME web site, Feb­ru­ary 4, 2015; http://goo.gl/tJJlcJ.

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I was never patriotic, so when Independence Day came, the last thing on my mind was to go out and celebrate. I was bored and I was lonely, and though they weren’t my normal crowd, thesse girls were friends and family members who I grew up with. But Diana had her man, Marsha had hers, and my cousin Lisa had her own. I was the only one who was single and my taste was just too high; the kind of men they dated did not appeal to me. I wanted the executive, the entrepreneur. I was 22 and unhappy about my life. I yearned to be in a relationship; I felt I had so much to give a man, and yet I was single. My friends and I waited for cab and I was still second-guessing whether or not I really wanted to go out. While we were waiting, an older looking gentleman driving a blue pick-up truck drove up to us. As he slowed, he said, “Don’t move. I’m coming right back!” He drove off, leaving a trail of his cologne, as he sped away to drop off the construction workers sitting in the back of the truck. Literally moments later, he came back, stopped in front of us, asked us where we were going, and told us to get in. It turns out his name was Keith. After Keith dropped us off, I realized I didn’t want to stay and asked him to take me back to where he picked us up from. He turned, looked at me, and said, “You were the reason why I picked you all up. I wanted to get to know you. So, I’m happy you decided to leave with me.”