Dating Deal-Breakers For Men And Women

By Ashley Hume
Posted On Apr 17, 2016
Dating Deal-Breakers For Men And Women

We all know men and women don’t always see eye-to-eye. However, thanks to several new studies, it seems that that for the most part, the sexes are in agreement when it comes to certain dating deal-breakers.

Researchers from five universities including the University of Florida, Western Sydney University, Indiana University, Singapore Management University, and Rutgers University teamed up to examine which qualities are particular turnoffs for singles seeking relationships, based on gender and age

One study found that the top seven dating deal-breakers for both men and women were unattractiveness, unhealthy lifestyle, undesirable personality traits, differing religious beliefs, limited social status, differing mating strategies, and differing relationship goals.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, women had more dating deal-breakers than men. Also, those who view themselves as “good catches” also had a lower tolerance for undesirable traits. Overall, avoidance of deal-breakers was regarded as more important than seeking out “deal-makers” or positive traits when it comes to selecting a partner.

Personal hygiene was a major priority for both men and women. “Disheveled or unclean” was mentioned as the number one deal-breaker for all genders. Motivation and clinginess are also major turnoffs as “lazy” or “too needy” also topped the list.

It seems most women prefer to date a guy who can make them laugh since “lacks sense of humor” was cited as a chief reason why women will cut off a relationship before it even gets started. On the other hand, men have different priorities. “Low sex drive” and “talks too much” were listed as traits that will bring any burgeoning relationship to a screeching halt.

Standards also varied depending on whether the participants were looking for long-term relationships or short-term flings. Those pursuing long-term commitments want to avoid “dishonesty”, “anger issues” and people who are “dating other partners”. Health issues including STDs most concerned those who were seeking short-term relationships as well as poor hygiene.

Are you surprised at these findings? What are some of your dating deal-breakers?