Everyone has an 'ick' when it comes to dating. Maybe you're put off by bad breath, one too many humble brags, or too much ex talk — and now a new survey has revealed exactly what the biggest icks when dating are for Brits.
The survey of 2,000 British adults, from Gen Z to Boomers, found that poor personal hygiene is the number one 'ick' for people who are on the dating scene.
This was followed by being rude to a waiter or bartender, having bad breath, talking about their ex, and speaking with their mouth full.
The survey, from Vape Superstore, also disocovered that it's not just people who are dating that can get the 'ick', but also 43% of people in relationships say their partner can give them the 'ick', along with 56% of married couples.
50 biggest 'icks' for Brits
They have poor personal hygiene
They're rude to a waiter or bartender
They have bad breath
They talk about their ex
They speak with their mouth full
They brag about themselves
They chew gum loudly
They always have to 'top' any story you tell
They're a know-it-all
They talk about themselves too much
They talk in a baby voice
They refer to themselves as an influencer
They wear too much fake tan
They check their phone on a date
They overshare on social media
They get drunk on a date
They post too many mirror selfies
They turn up late to a date
They wear clothes the wrong size (e.g. too short trousers, too tight shirt etc.)
They unnecessarily shorten words (e.g. menty-b, cozzie-livs etc.)
They get food on their face while eating
They don't offer to pay on a date
They wear too much make-up
They have holes or rips in their clothing or shoes
They have a bad tattoo
They believe in conspiracy theories
They bite their fingernails
They start calling you by a pet name
They clap when the plane lands
They wear cheap or tacky jewellery
They don't tip their waiter
They have a messy car
They have opposing political views to yours
They have bad spelling or grammar
They post inspirational quotes on social media
They refer to themselves as a foodie
They double text you
They confidently sing the wrong lyrics or get a famous quote wrong
They have to repeat themselves when Siri/Alexa/Google doesn't understand them
They live with their parents
They believe in star signs
They can't cook
They don't have a driver's licence
They sing to you or play a song to you on a musical instrument
They have a velcro wallet or purse
They don't know how to ride a bike
They can't reverse park or parallel park
They don't know how to swim
It comes after dirty or long fingernails, using a “baby voice” and terrible tattoos were just some of the so-called 'icks' cited by people who have dumped their partners in a 2023 study.
A poll of 2,000 adults found that half of respondents (49%) had broken up with their partner because of an ick.
Around 12% of respondents said they have broken up with someone because they were obsessed with star signs, while 11% said they got the ick when their partner clapped when a plane landed.
One in 10 men claimed they would call it quits with someone who wanted to share food on a first date, while 14% of women polled by American dating site Seeking said a major turn off would be their partner referring to a football team they support as “we”.
“People are very set on what they want, which is empowering,” Seeking’s dating expert Emma Hathorn said.
“Online dating has opened up a whole new world of singles, which means people can afford to have higher standards. And if an absolute deal-breaker for you is someone who never wears sunglasses indoors or chews with their mouth open, that’s absolutely fair enough.”
The biggest ick noted by respondents was someone who smelled bad, or pretending to be more knowledgeable about something than they really were.
Two thirds of respondents said they were “picky” when it comes to dating, while 22% admitted they were “very picky”.
40 biggest 'icks' from people who have dumped their partners
Pretending to be more knowledgeable about something than they actually are
Being overbearing and rude
Double texting (sending a secondary text if you’ve not responded after the first one)
Having bad teeth
Being rude to a waiter
Living in a mess
Having dirty fingernails
Chewing with their mouth open
Being too clingy
Talking too loud
Eating and talking at the same time
Being obsessed with their star signs
Having long fingernails
Putting on a baby voice
Wearing too much make-up
Oversharing on social media
Referring to themselves in third person
Having a bad tattoo
Wearing a weird coloured lipstick
Having shoes that are too dirty
Having an Instagram account for their pet
Referring to their football team as 'we'
Clapping when an airplane lands
Wearing bad jeans
Wearing sunglasses indoors
Taking longer than you to get ready
Having too many shirt buttons undone
Wearing shoes you don’t like
Living at home with parents
Not wearing socks with shoes
Wanting to share food on the first date
Wearing a tacky watch
Using emojis in texts
Wearing socks to bed
Not paying on the first date
Wearing creased clothes
Saying pet names like ‘honey’ or ‘baby’
Pronouncing David Bowie’s name wrong
Two out of five of the respondents believe their dating standards have gotten higher as they have gotten older, with 60% admitting they would judge a first date location if it didn’t match their standards.
A quarter of respondents (28%) said that salary is the most important thing when it comes to looking for a potential partner, while 19% value a good fashion sense over everything else.
“The current trend in dating at the moment is ‘dating up’ - finding someone who can better and elevate their own lifestyle,” Hathorn added.
“So, the goal for all singletons is to not only be someone who can help someone else ‘date up’ - but find someone who can elevate themselves at the same time. As with all things in life, it’s about finding that exact balance that works for you, and this can be tricky if you are totally inflexible in who you date.
“Keeping an open mind is key, and you may find someone who elevates your life in every way possible - even if they wear terrible shoes.”
Additional reporting by SWNS.
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