Whether it’s a first date or potential partner, singles have clear “must haves” and “deal breakers” in mind.
And according to a broad national survey of almost 5,500 unattached adults 21 and older, those qualities, attitudes and expectations illustrate cultural shifts in how singles approach relationships.
Among the findings:
– 38% would cancel a date because of something they found while doing Internet research on their date.
– 42% would not date a virgin.
– 65% would not date someone with credit card debt greater than $5,000; 54% would not date someone with substantial student loan debt.
– 49% would consider getting into a committed relationship with someone who lived at home with parents.
Among the “must haves,” women want respect and men want someone in whom to trust and confide; both rate a sense of humor as key qualities for a partner.
When judging a potential date, both men and women rate teeth at the top, followed by grammar.