What are your dating turn-offs? Singles reveal their top ‘icks’

Singles have revealed their top dating turn-offs in a new poll.

These so-called “icks” have led to breakups and heartbreak for many.

An “ick” is an expression of dislike or disgust towards something and it has now become a term heavily used, thanks to Twitter and Instagram alike.

A new poll, surveying 2,000 people, found that 65% of the responders called it quits with their partner because of something that turned them off.

Here are some of the biggest ‘icks’:

A messy home

It was revealed that 21% said that a messy living situation is their number one ick.

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Manners are everything

Another 42% said they hated bad manners the most and that it was one of the biggest turn-offs in a relationship.

Hygiene is key

The survey, which was carried out in the US by online dating service Seeking, also showed that 20% of daters said their biggest pet peeve was a date with dirty fingernails.

Body odour took the number one spot for the biggest hygiene ick, with 24% of people saying they would be turned off if their date smelled bad.

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“People are very set on what they want, which is empowering,” Seeking’s dating expert Emma Hathorn said.

“The current trend at the moment is ‘dating up’, or finding someone who can elevate your lifestyle,” Hathorn continued.

She added that when someone “dates up”, their goal is likely to “not only be someone who can help their partner ‘date up’ – but find someone who can elevate their life at the same time”.

The dating site found that 79% of people agreed that being a “picky dater” is a good thing and that many people feel that they deserve the best in a relationship.

Double texting is among the behaviours that most puts off a potential partner
Double texting is among the behaviours that most puts off a potential partner

20 things that give people the “ick”

• Smelling bad

• Pretending to be more knowledgeable about something than they actually are

• Being overbearing and rude

• Double texting (sending a secondary text if you’ve not responded after the first one)

• Having bad teeth

• Being rude to a waiter

• Living in a mess

• Having dirty fingernails

• Chewing with their mouth open

• Being too clingy

• Talking too loud

• Eating and talking at the same time

• Being obsessed with their star signs

• Having long fingernails

• Putting on a baby voice

• Wearing too much make-up

• Breathing heavily

• Oversharing on social media

• Referring to themselves in third person

• Having a bad tattoo

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