According to a fresh survey, everyone is terribly confused about whether they’re on dates or just stringing up out. We say dating is kind of like porn — you know it when you see it.
This finding comes from the 2014 State of Dating in America report, commissioned by JDate and ChristianMingle. A total of Two,647 respondents inbetween the ages of Legal and 59 took a 20-minute online survey about their dating habits, expectations and turnoffs.
Here are seven things we learned from the report:
1. Everyone is confused about what constitutes a date. Sixty-nine percent of singles reported that they were at least somewhat uncertain whether an outing with someone they were interested in was a date or not. Pro peak: If you’re going out with someone you met on a dating site, it’s a date. The rest of the time, make your intentions clear.
Dates are confusing
Two. The number one dating dealbreaker for both genders is poor hygiene. The top three dating dealbreakers for women surveyed were poor hygiene, unemployment, and a tie inbetween excessive drinking habits and smoking. The top three dealbreakers for studs were poor hygiene, smoking and being overweight. Unsurprisingly, no one wants their significant other to smell bad.
Three. Don’t text someone to ask them out. Eighty-four percent of respondents would rather be invited on a date via phone call.
Four. The most attractive thing in the opposite lovemaking is a sense of humor, according to 24 percent of respondents, shortly followed by physical appearance (21 percent) and confidence (16 percent).
Five. Your pets indeed affect who you date. Both dudes and women reported being much less likely to date someone who possessed a reptile or a rodent, and one-fifth of respondents would break up with someone their pet didn’t like. No word yet on how to tell if a reptile likes you.
6. Most people want to get married inbetween the ages of 26-30. Forty-nine percent of respondents considered this the ideal age. The next most popular age for getting married was 31-35, with 22 percent of the votes. According to the Pew Center, the average age of very first marriage in the U.S. is 26.9 for women and 29.8 for fellows. Why not just get married when you’re ready for it, regardless of age — assuming you want to get married at all?
7. Most respondents would rather budge in with someone sooner, rather than later. A utter Sixty-nine percent of people surveyed thought the ideal time to shack up with a significant other was inbetween less than six months and up to two years of dating. We advise caution — letting someone witness your shower-singing can’t be undone.
Just like with all “dating advice,” these stats should most likely be taken with a grain of salt. Tailoring yourself to what other people are looking for very likely won’t work out well, so we’d recommend keeping an eye out for someone who likes you as you are, reptiles and all.