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1 in 2 People Offended by Swearing on First Date

Swear like a sailor? Then you're 50 per cent more likely to be rejected a second date proposal, according to a new study. Find out what the other three biggest turn-offs are.

1 in 2 People Offended by Swearing on First Date

Unsurprisingly, women are the ones who are most offended by potty mouths on first dates, with 48.3% claiming this is enough to put them off going on a second date. But, not too far behind were the foul-mouthed ladies, offending 39.3% of men who believed this to be ample reason to be turned-off.

The study, released by dating site, surveyed over 1,500 Australians, found that mobile phone-use, tardiness, and swearing were the biggest turn-offs.

The survey also found that looks didn’t play nearly as large a role as personality, with 19.2 per cent preoccupied with aesthetics. Read on for’s top three personality turn-offs:

1. Negativity: 33.4% consider negativity a major turn off, so keep the food complaints and comments about your ex to a minimum. Research has proven that happiness is contagious and that potential dates find it hard to walk away from happy people[1].

2. Neediness: 27.4% of people will refuse someone another chance at a date if they exhibit needy behavior. Surprisingly, women are more concerned by the thought of snagging a clingy partner than men, with 30% claiming this to be a major turn off, while only 22.6% of men fear a smothering woman. 

3. Wild Behaviour: Apparently, we aren’t keen on dating someone who could be considered a ‘party animal’ either, with 12.4% claiming they wouldn’t give a wild date a second go. Interestingly, the introverts rated high in the opinions of Aussie singles, with only 3.6% saying they would be concerned by a date that was ‘shy’.

“Clearly many of us are repelling our dates in ways we may not have not have even realised. So next time you make a negative comment about your dinner or pull out your phone, bear in mind that you may be ruining your chances of a second date,” Says’s spokesperson Howard James.

Mr. James says the following behaviours are guaranteed to impress and help secure a second date:

Choosing exciting places for a first date. Romantic and physical attraction is linked with danger!

Mirroring, or repeating someone’s body language.

Show attentiveness by saying the person’s name at least twice during conversation.

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