Just a few first date faux pas can kill a relationship before it even starts. While being single in 2015 can mean first dates with a variety of personalities, it’s possible you may lose out on a much-coveted second date by striking your partners peeve. WhatsYourPrice ranked the “Top First Date Pet Peeves,” polling 45,349 men and 63,460 women.
Thirty percent of women, and 25 percent of men said cell phone use was their number one first date pet peeve peeve. WhatsYourPrice CEO Brandon Wade commented “Cell phones are now a natural part of modern relationships. They play an important part in building connections, but are proven to distract from quality face-to-face interactions. The phone may have helped you get the date but it has no place at dinner.”
There’s nothing worse than being touched by a stranger, right?! At least according to approximately 17,769 women. Unwelcomed contact came in second on the women’s pet peeve list at 28 percent. Men however, did not even consider this an issue on their radar.
It’s often said, “The way people treat restaurant staff reveals their true character,” and WhatsYourPrice members agree. A recorded 21 percent of men, and 14 percent of women responded with this annoyance placing in the second and third spots, respectively.
We go on first dates to familiarize ourselves with a stranger, so it’s no surprise that “unengaged in conversation” placed third on the men’s peeve list with 16 percent. This point did not place in the top five of the women’s list.
Women and men agree that a negative mindset won’t get you anywhere, especially when it comes to love. Eleven percent of women and 14 percent of men responded, placing negativity fourth on both lists.
Feel free to pour it up — just not on a first date! Indulging in a glass or two will loosen the nerves, however, excessive drinking is uncalled for. Six percent of women and 11 percent of men landed this peeve in the fifth and final spot on each list. Next time skip the third cocktail and save room for dessert instead.