What are singles looking for nowadays?
Despite the wide spread myth that men prefer skinnier women, a survey by psychologist Paul Rozin proves differently. When men were asked to indicate the body type they are most attracted to, they typically picked the average female figure.
The dating statistics shows that looks are not that important. 67% of U.S. single men and 86% of U.S. single women find that someone who smiles a lot is a bigger turn-on over someone who is physically attractive, but has no personality.
Another stereotype that has not been confirmed by recent researches is that men prefer younger women. In what could be a blow to the self-esteem of younger but less attractive women, men appear to choose prettier women even if they are older.
In a 2003 study by the AARP, 35 percent of middle-aged American women said they preferred to date younger men. According to the U.S. Census, 12 percent of marriages are between older women and younger men.
Aside from physical beauty, singles are looking for intelligence, optimistic attitudes, self-confidence, and partners who enjoy the same hobbies and/or interests they do. Similar levels of intelligence are also important. Well-matched couples generally have similar levels of education. People tend to look for partners with whom they can converse at the same level.
It is statistically proven that being in a relationship is healthier than being single. Most people seem to agree with that as 90% of the American population marries. Men who live alone are at an increased risk of dying from a variety of illnesses. Resent research shows that single men aged 45 and over are at a 23% greater risk of early death. Within this age group, men who get divorced are at a 30% greater risk.
According to the survey conducted by It's Just Lunch, an American dating agency for single professionals, 51% of men in the U.S have had over 6 first dates in the past year, while 58% of women had had just 4 first dates in the past year.
How much does dating cost? 51% of American men spend over $100 monthly on dates, and 29% spend over $150, while nearly 2/3 of U.S. women spend less than $50 a month.
Italian cuisine is number one choice for single Americans according to the dating statistics. 46% of US singles would pick an Italian restaurant for a first date.
86% of U.S. men and 91% of U.S. women are careful with alcohol consumption and agree that 2 alcoholic drinks is the maximum on a first date, and one in five would refrain from drinking.
What happens when there is no chemistry on a first date? 68% of men in the U.S. would not waste their time and wouldn't go on a second date if there was no chemistry the first date. Women, on the other hand, will give it a second chance. 56% of U.S. women would go on a second date and hope chemistry develops.
Only 48% of first dates end with a kiss. Over 90% of singles say first kisses made them a bit nervous.
When there is chemistry, 97% of men will call within 72 hours to arrange a second date. So, ladies, if you haven't heard from him in 3 days, he is not interested.
Men, learn to listen. 47% of U.S. women are turned off by men talking about themselves the entire time and not paying attention to their dates.
"The most important thing to do on a first date is to be yourself," said Andrea McGinty, It's Just Lunch founder. "You'll have more fun, and have a better chance at meeting someone that is right for you".
Resources: It's Just Lunch News