SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- To coincide with National Pet Peeve Week, which is observed annually during the second week of October, Zoosk, the social dating network, recently surveyed more than 1,500 of its members in the U.S. to gather their thoughts about pet peeves when it comes to dating.
"We took the occasion of National Pet Peeve Week to let singles unload about what bothers them most when it comes to dating," said Alex Mehr, co-founder and co-CEO of Zoosk. "Nearly everyone has a pet peeve about something, and we found it fascinating to hear what single men and women in our survey agree on as pet peeves as well as where their opinions diverge."
The survey findings include:
Women have more pet peeves about dating than do men.
- The majority of singles (73% of women and 66% of men) say they have between 2 and 5 pet peeves about dating.
- 18% of women say they have more than 5 pet peeves about dating.
- 24% of men say they have only 1 or zero pet peeves about dating.
Women say their #1 first date pet peeve is when their date is "smelly."
- Women want you (and your breath) to smell nice! Single women ranked their top pet peeves on a first date as follows:
- #1 pet peeve – when my date is smelly (45%)
- #2 pet peeve – when my date is "too occupied with a cell phone" (22%)
- #3 pet peeve – when my date is running late (13%)
- #4 pet peeve – when my date talks about himself too much (5%)
- #5 pet peeve – when my date peppers me with questions and treats the date like a job interview (5%)
Men say their #1 first date pet peeve is when a date is "too occupied with a cell phone."
- Turn off the phone and put on deodorant! Single men ranked their top pet peeves on a first date as follows:
- #1 pet peeve – when my date is "too occupied with a cell phone" (51%)
- #2 pet peeve – when my date is smelly (21%)
- #3 pet peeve – when my date is running late (10%)
- #4 pet peeve – when my date peppers me with questions and treats the date like a job interview (7%)
- #5 pet peeve – when my date is wearing too much makeup (7%)
When it comes to first date conversation, women don't care for sexual innuendo while men don't mind it.
- When asked to name their top pet peeve about first date conversation, the majority of women (53%) said it irks them when a date brings sexual innuendo into the discussion.
- Only 9% of men, on the other hand, are irked by their date making sexually suggestive comments.
Men say "please shave" and women say "please dress appropriately" to avoid a first date disaster.
- When it comes to pet peeves about a date's physical appearance, men and women agree on the top three things that bother them, but the sexes rank these turn-offs differently.
- Men say their top pet peeves about a date's physical appearance include:
- Too much body hair (36%)
- Inappropriately dressed (33%)
- Crooked teeth (21%)
- Women say their top pet peeves about a date's physical appearance include:
- Inappropriately dressed (40%)
- Crooked teeth (28%)
- Too much body hair (22%)
If you have a habit on a woman's "pet peeve list," don't expect a second date. Men are slightly more forgiving.
- 70% of women say they have declined a second date because the person had a habit on her "pet peeve list" that she just couldn't stand.
- Men are split down the middle. 50% of men say they have declined a second date and 50% have given it another shot if a date had a habit on his "pet peeve list."
All hope is not lost for a successful dating life if you have a habit your date finds annoying.
- Men and women agree: after a few dates, it's better to discuss any annoyances you have with your significant other than it is to stay quiet.
- 89% of women and 81% of men say that after they feel comfortable with someone, they would proactively bring up a pet peeve issue.
- 91% of women and 95% of men say they would want their significant other to approach them about a pet peeve issue, too.
The Zoosk poll was conducted online in October 2011 and fielded 1,559 responses from singles in the U.S. who use Zoosk.
Zoosk is one of the world's largest social dating communities, with millions of singles from around the globe using the service each month. Zoosk provides a fun and social online dating experience that users can easily access from Zoosk's website, social networking applications, mobile services, and a downloadable desktop application. Zoosk is available in more than 25 languages and has subscribers in more than 70 countries. The service enables users to join, browse, and send a limited number of messages for free. Zoosk users can upgrade to a premium subscription for full access or purchase virtual currency to buy select features and virtual gifts. Founded in 2007 by Shayan Zadeh and Alex Mehr, the company is based in San Francisco and backed by Canaan Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, and ATA Ventures.