1) Wearing a suit and tie Americans like nice-but-casual dates – so much so that wearing a suit and tie is deemed as much of a first date fashion faux-pas as turning up in active wear.
4) Listening carefully to your dates stories 68% of Americans would rather their date spoke too much on first meeting.
So those who think you need to be a good listener on a date can take a sigh of relief – chat away! Indeed, Americans don’t like the convoluted exit strategies so beloved of romantic movies and sitcoms; rather than a fake illness or phone call, 73% of singles would simply opt for the truth.
But it is important to choose your words carefully; you need to show your date that you do respect them and consider them an equal, despite not feeling romantically attracted to them.
There’s no need to be unnecessarily hurtful or mean; you simply need to explain that you cannot picture yourself romantically with them and that you feel your personalities aren’t matched.
In fact it’s considered even worse than common dating deal-breakers like not offering to split the bill! 3) Getting out your selfie stick during dinner It might be wise to forget your camera altogether, as mid-date selfies are also frowned upon.
Indeed, hated by men in particular (12% consider this a deal breaker), selfies are an even bigger first date sin than not tipping.
5) Adding your date on Facebook You should wait before sending that friend request: 1 in 5 American singles would be put off of a second date with someone who immediately added them on social media, men more so than women. A tiny 3% of American singles consider being a bad kisser a deal-breaker, making it a far more minor offence than any of the deal-breakers above! Americans are usually pretty adamant about tipping (and there are plenty of studies suggesting that people would dump their date for not doing it) but surprisingly our survey revealed that a tiny 5% of respondents consider it a deal breaker making it one of the lowest on the list! Considering that 74% of Americans surveyed would be prepared to end a date early over a deal-breaker (and that 32% have already done so), the answer is most likely yes. Elite Singles psychologist, Salama Marine, has these words of wisdom for anyone needing to leave a date early: ‘Rejection hurts.
No matter how kindly or carefully it’s done; it will always hurt.
In fact, men in particular disliked this and 60% consider it a deal breaker.
Put the phone away and enjoy the moment; everything else can wait.
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