The strangest reasons Brits have called it off with a partner include them having dirty or long fingernails, putting on a ‘baby voice’ – and naff tattoos.
A poll of 2,000 adults found nearly half (49 per cent) have ended a relationship because of an ‘ick’, and 56 per cent have ghosted someone completely.
An eighth (12 per cent) have called it quits with a romantic interest because they were obsessed with star signs, while 11 per cent have ended it with someone who clapped when a plane landed.
A tenth of men would also happily break it off with someone who wanted to share food on a first date.
And 12 per cent of women find a brash watch an ‘ick’, while 14 per cent judge someone else for referring to their football team as ‘we’.
The study was commissioned by upscale dating site Seeking where spokesperson and in-house dating expert, Emma Hathorn said: “People are very set on what they want, which is empowering.
“Online dating has opened up a whole new world of singles, which means people can afford to have higher standards.
“And if an absolute deal-breaker for you is someone who never wears sunglasses indoors or chews with their mouth open, that’s absolutely fair enough.”
The study found simply smelling bad is the top ick, selected by 16 per cent of those surveyed.
This was followed by pretending to be more knowledgeable about something than they really are and being overbearing or rude (both 15 per cent).
But 53 per cent left their would-be paramour totally in the dark and didn’t explain what they’d done to deserve it.
It also emerged 36 per cent believe they have actually given someone the ick themselves, turning them off totally.
Two-thirds (67 per cent) describe themselves as at least somewhat picky when it comes to finding a partner, with 22 per cent being ‘very picky’.
And 61 per cent believe they deserve the best so try to up their standards when looking for a partner, showing the prevalence of the ‘dating up’ trend.
However, 15 per cent believe there is no such thing as being too picky when out on the dating scene, according to the OnePoll figures, further showing the growing popularity of trying to find more aspirational relationships.
Adding to this, nearly four in 10 (35 per cent) believe their dating standards have got higher as they have gotten older – with those aged 65 and up most likely to feel this way.
The research also uncovered how 65 per cent are likely to judge someone negatively if they wanted to split a food bill – particularly if they suggested the date.
While 60 per cent would critique first date location choice if it didn’t meet their standards.
When it comes to looking for a potential partner, 28 per cent said salary is most important, followed by 19 per cent who go for a good sense of style and fashion.
But the same number of adults feel dating does get harder, as you increase in years – despite 28 per cent being completely set on dating someone who matches their preferences exactly.
Top 40 things that give adults the ‘ick’
- Smelling bad
- Pretending to be more knowledgeable about something than they actually are
- Being overbearing and rude
- Double texting (sending a secondary text if you’ve not responded after the first one)
- Having bad teeth
- Being rude to a waiter
- Living in a mess
- Having dirty fingernails
- Chewing with their mouth open
- Being too clingy
- Talking too loud
- Eating and talking at the same time
- Being obsessed with their star signs
- Having long fingernails
- Putting on a baby voice
- Wearing too much makeup
- Breathing heavily
- Oversharing on social media
- Referring to themselves in third person
- Having a bad tattoo
- Wearing a weird coloured lipstick
- Having shoes that are too dirty
- Having an Instagram account for their pet
- Referring to their football team as ‘we’
- Clapping when an airplane lands
- Wearing bad jeans
- Wearing sunglasses indoors
- Taking longer than you to get ready
- Having too many shirt buttons undone
- Wearing shoes you don’t like
- Living at home with parents
- Not wearing socks with shoes
- Wanting to share food on the first date
- Wearing a tacky watch
- Using emojis in texts
- Wearing socks to bed
- Not paying on the first date
- Wearing creased clothes
- Saying pet names like ‘honey’ or ‘baby’
- Pronouncing David Bowie’s name wrong