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Aziz Ansari is the master of analyzing terrible first-date texts

The number one rule: Fix your damn grammar.


Michelle Jaworski


Published Jun 16, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 1:59 pm CDT

Sending that first text to a potential date can be tough, but it would be less cringe-worthy if you don’t make the same mistakes as these unfortunate texters.

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Aziz Ansari covered the topic of lazy first-date texts in his book on modern dating, so Jimmy Fallon asked him to analyze real first-date texts from Tonight Show viewers. It didn’t take long for him to figure out what had gone wrong in each case—sometimes he didn’t even need to read the text.

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How can we get better at sending these texts? First things first, become better conversationalists and proofread. It’s not guaranteed to spark a romantic relationship, but at least you’ll bringing the text-message conversation to a screeching halt.

Screengrab via The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon/YouTube

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*First Published: Jun 16, 2015, 11:58 am CDT