Online dating site Match.com released the results of a new "Singles in America" survey—just in time for Valentine's Day
People who use emojis are more likely to date, reports Match.com’s fifth annual Singles in America survey. Fifty-two percent of emoji-using singles went on at least one first date last year, compared to 27 percent of bachelor(ette)s who swear off the smilies. Plus, emoji users are twice as likely as boring ole’ texters to want to get married. (Ready to take it to the next level? Try these 8 Secret Tips to Go from Casual to Couple.)
“Technology is dramatically changing how we court, but it can’t change the brain systems for romance and attachment,” said Helen Fisher, Ph.D., Match’s Chief Scientific Advisor. So don’t worry—if you’re not crazy about emojis, your workout could be earning you dates too, apparently: 50 percent of singles who exercise at least twice a week went on at least one first date in 2014, while 33 percent of active availables had sex at least once a month last year. The most date-driven group of fitness fanatics? CrossFitters, who had more sex and went on more dates than singles who work out in other ways! Watch out for the male yogis though: Single men who do yoga have had more sexual partners than guys who work up a sweat in other ways—an average of 17 partners, compared to the 10 for other men in their age group!
What else did we learn about singles in America? Check out these six other facts and tips for dating trends in 2015.
1. Keep your phone close. Thirty percent of single men expect an immediate response when they message someone, compared to 26 percent of single women.
2. The biggest dinner mistake. Both sexes agree (although both sexes are just as guilty of it): 72 percent of singles do not want a potential partner to use their cell too much while on a date. (Guilty? Find out how to Hang Up Your Cell Phone Addiction.)
3. Texting turn-offs. Men and women agree on one thing: There’s nothing sexy about spelling mistakes. Misspelled words and grammar errors were cited as the biggest turnoff for both sexes.
4. We both receive messages we don’t want. Women don’t want to get sexts from men, while men don’t want to receive texts during work. We won’t, if you won’t, fellas!
5. Skip the drama. The top social media turn offs? Airing your emotional drama in posts (65 percent men; 78 percent women); posting too many selfies (46 percent men; 65 percent women); and asking you to un-friend your ex (49 percent men; 59 percent women).
6. Post gym selfies. Almost half of all single people have posted at least one selfie in the last year, and while there’s a time and a place, it turns out everyone has strong opinions on fitstagrams: Men are most turned on by pictures of a woman’s body, while women are most turned off by the same type of pic on a guy’s feed. (Stop Taking Selfies in These 7 Spots)