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 ,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. However, because Census data indicate only who is not married, there's no clear count on those who are in a relationship or those who aren't seeking one.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. Joe Vaillancourt, 24, is "newly single," following the end of a relationship that lasted a couple of years.
When judging a potential date, both men and women rate teeth at the top, followed by grammar. He recently moved to Chicago and has not done online dating nor has he gone on blind dates.
The online survey of 5,481 individuals was conducted by Market Tools Inc. The survey aims to paint a clearer picture of the approximately 100 million unmarried adults age 20 and older, about one-third of the U. Vaillancourt, who works in public relations, did not participate in the survey, but agrees that "teeth are very important" in a potential date.
Why not have a physical relationship without the complications of a romantic relationship?
I imagine if the foundation is there, it could easily become something.
It would throw up a warning flag for sure and would also depend on whether she told me or whether I discovered it," he says.
In their intimate relationships, 47% of singles reported a "friends with benefits" relationship.