Fundamental dating advice: how to avoid disaster
Relaxed is better
If you’re convinced that à la carte is the best way to win your date’s heart, it might be worth having a rethink. A convincing 65% of Australians voted in favour of a laidback rendezvous over coffee or a couple of drinks. Contrary to suave stereotypes of debonair dining, only 16% of Brits had an appetite for elegance.
Let’s be honest, there’s no excuse for bad body odour nowadays. And no, the seductive allure of your pheromones doesn’t condone funky armpits! Over 60% of Aussies confirmed BO and bad breath as major turn offs. So bring on the suds and get flossing! Interestingly, American singles weren’t as concerned about their partner’s pong; nearly half of those surveyed said overdoing it on the vino is a far more reproachable offence!
‘I’m with stupid’
Picking the right threads for a first-date is an age-old toughie; be it booted and suited or a bit of smart casual, it’s a tricky one to gauge. Nevertheless, one garment that’s a catastrophe waiting to happen is the abhorred slogan t-shirt. With 65% of Aussies agreeing, think twice before you don the ‘kiss me I’m Irish’ top! Ironically, singles on the Emerald Isle found tracksuit pants almost equally as grotty
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Be honest with your potential partner
One of the strongest responses from survey participants was from our question ‘If your date lied about information on their dating profile, what would be the biggest issue to make you turn down a second date?’ The winner in this category? Smoking. Lying about whether you smoked would make 70% of our participants turn off immediately and guarantee that you’re getting no second date.
In fact, smoking can be a big barrier of entry in the dating world. Of EliteSingles users who are specifically searching for a non-smoking partner, 72% would class their partners smoking habits as ‘very important’ and would consider it a deal breaker in pursuing a relationship.* So, bad luck smokers, only 1 in 5 members said they would date someone who said they were a smoker, but if you do smoke then be honest with it online and in person.
Although Smartphones are an integral component of the modern day-to-day (and a great way to meet people online), don’t let yours corrupt your love life. 40% of Australians included in the study reported that obsessive texting was their top deal-breaker. One in five Aussie blokes would also decline a second date if their match was a keen selfie snapper!
Facebook is a great tool to keep up with what’s going on. It’s also a sure fire way to put someone off you. One in seven Australians confessed that they’d be reluctant to stay in touch with a person who added them on Facebook straight after a date. Over 20% of UK singles had antipathy towards the social media site, good old British reserve perhaps!
A kiss to forget?
Amazingly, only 5% of Australians would condemn a date for being a bad kisser. What’s more, 4% of Brits and 3% of Canadians agreed. The least fussy nation was by far New Zealand, with just over 2% of Kiwi singles saying sloppy snogging was a no-no. Also, forget the etiquette; less than 1% of Australian singles think not tipping after a meal is a red flag.
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