A latest survey has found that women are most likely to date men who can combine wit and some innocent flirting into an abbreviated phone message. A poll by directory enquiry service 118118 found that 90 per cent of girls prefer to use texts rather than real conversations in the early stages of a relationship.
And more than 75 per cent judge a potential date's character by his texting style.
According to the survey of 2,000 adults, men should not go too heavy on the sarcasm or appear 'lewd' but use a witty style to build a rapport.
Practical missives which lack emotion, such as instructions to meet at a certain time and place, displease more than 50 per cent of female receivers.
And 63 per cent are left cold by smiley faces and codes such as CUL8R for See You Later.
William Ostrom of 118118 said, ''Paying attention to texting is important for single men because women place so much importance on it, almost viewing dating texts as a snapshot of a man's personality.'' ''Texting is less pressurised than a phone call and allows people to have more control over what they say,'' Mr Ostrom told the Daily Mail.