It's National Pet Peeves Week!

Women say their biggiest first date pet peeve is when their date is "smelly.”

It’s National Pet Peeves Week!

Women say their biggiest first date pet peeve is when their date is “smelly.”

-PJ Gach

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Everyone gets to be grumpy, bitchy and any of the other Seven Dwarves this week. It’s National Pet Peeves WeekZoosk, the social network dating site, conducted a member poll on dating and pet peeves. 

“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.”

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Here are there results:

 Women have more pet peeves about dating than do men.

• The majority of singles (73 percent of women and 66 percent of men) say they have between 2 and 5 pet peeves about dating.

Women say their number one 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:

o 1 pet peeve – when my date is smelly (45 percent)

o 2 pet peeve – when my date is “too occupied with a cell phone” (22 percent)

o 3 pet peeve – when my date is running late (13 percent)

o 4 pet peeve – when my date talks about himself too much (5 percent)

o 5 pet peeve – when my date peppers me with questions and treats the date like a job interview (5 percent)

Men say their number one 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:

o 1 pet peeve – when my date is “too occupied with a cell phone” (51 percent)

o 2 pet peeve – when my date is smelly (21 percent)

o 3 pet peeve – when my date is running late (10 percent)

o 4 pet peeve – when my date peppers me with questions and treats the date like a job interview (7 percent)

o 5 pet peeve – when my date is wearing too much makeup (7 percent)

Other findings in the survey found that men may like sexual innuendo during a first date, women find it a turn-off. For a first date men want women to shave (um, excuse me, how close do they have to be to find this out??), women want men to dress appropriately for a first date. In other words, don’t show up in a ripped tee and jeans.

If you screw up on a first date, most guys will give you a second chance, while women won’t bother. They survey found that 50 percent of the men surveyed would try another date with someone who had a habit on their “pet peeve” list. Only 30 percent of women surveyed would give a guy another shot.

Tell us: what are your dating pet peeves?

PJ Gach is Senior Editor: Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential.

 


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