- thortful reveals Brits’ biggest dating turn-offs to determine the factors that really make us cringe
- Bad personal hygiene is the UK’s most common turn-off, with being too arrogant coming in second
- Mullets and speedos are among the common turn-offs
Have you ever enjoyed a date until you’re turned off by your date’s behaviour or hygiene? You aren’t alone. In fact, Google searches1 for terms like ‘biggest turn offs for guys’ saw an increase of +70% in the past 12 months.
Surveying the nation, greeting card marketplace, thortful.com has set out to find the UK’s biggest icks2, to see whether they differ between females and males… and they do!
So, what are the UK’s top 10 biggest turn-offs? Well, number one is bad hygiene!
- Bad personal hygiene – 50%
- Being too arrogant – 38%
- A noisy eater – 33%
- Bad breath – 30%
- Being rude to hospitality staff – 29%
- Spitting on the street – 26%
- Speaking with their mouth full – 25%
- Crude jokes – 19%
- Speaking with a baby voice – 14%
- Sitting on their phone all the time – 13%
Half of Brits find that having bad personal hygiene is a big turn-off, often resulting in them ‘getting the ick’, and there’s a fine line between being confident and starting to become arrogant in other people’s eyes.
Though hygiene and personalities topped the list of the UK’s biggest turn-offs, some funny ones appeared among the crowd with 6% of the voters claiming that bad grammar turned them off, and others can’t deal with heavy breathing (5%) or mullets (4%).
For females, the biggest turn-offs are:
- Bad hygiene – 52%
- Being too arrogant – 37%
- A noisy eater – 34%
- Bad breath – 33%
- Spitting on the street – 33%
For males, the biggest turn-offs are:
- Bad hygiene – 43%
- Being too arrogant – 40%
- A noisy eater – 31%
- Bad breath – 29%
- Spitting on the street – 28%
Differing from their male counterparts, 12% of females claimed they weren’t a fan of long fingernails, although this didn’t appear to be an issue for males. Both genders agreed that someone being obsessed with their phones would inevitably turn them off. Over half (51%) of females claimed they’d experienced being turned off when going on first dates with someone new, compared to as little as 38% of men.
Commenting on the study, a spokesperson at thortfulcom said: “It’s interesting to see the biggest dating turn-offs across both males and females. We hope that our study helps Brits across the UK to avoid doing something that will make their lover’s toes curl!”
To read more about the study, please visit thortful’s blog here.