Less attractive or intelligent? The effect of L2 English language errors and knowledge about nativeness in dating profile texts.

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2022-06-27
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There has been minimal research into language errors in online dating profile texts in combination with knowledge about nativeness of the author. Therefore, this study investigated whether language errors and knowledge about non-nativeness in English has an effect on the perceived attractiveness and intelligence of the author. Each variable had two levels, language errors or no language errors and knowledge about nativeness or no knowledge about nativeness. The aim of the study was to get more insight into what matters for people when they are looking for a partner on an online dating site and if language errors have a negative influence on how the author is perceived so that people can take this into account when setting up their respective dating profiles. To answer the research question, an experiment was conducted with three dating profile texts retrieved from OKcupid that contained naturally occurring language errors.
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