Sex On A First Date, Cheating On Your Partner, And Paying For Dinner - Who's Doing What

Sex On A First Date, Cheating On Your Partner, And Paying For Dinner - Who's Doing What

Turn on and turn offs for those in the dating pool.

By Marianne Garvey

Match has released its seventh annual Singles in America survey that looks at the dating habits of over 5,000 U.S. singles, from ages 18 to 70. They survey covered all ethnicities and sexual orientations.

Did you know millennials are 51percent more likely than baby boomers to have no interest in sex? But on that note, millennials are 90 percent more likely than boomers to have had sex before a first date.

Millennials (28 percent) have sex to see if they love someone. “And they are 40% more likely than those of other generations to believe that an emotional connection makes sex better, as well as the least likely generation to have cheated on a partner,” reports the survey.

Some other highlights:

if you answer your phone without offering any explanation while on a date, 75 percent of singles are turned off. If you text someone during a date, 66 percent won’t be happy, and 58 percent say placing your phone on the table face up is a no no. Forty one percent regard it as rude if you take your phone with you to the bathroom or outside.

Food for sex?

Men (71 percent) find it attractive when a woman offers to split the bill. “Men think that women who offer to pay are just being polite (65 percent) or that they don’t want to be mistaken for wanting a free meal (61 percent)” reports the study. When asked, 74 percent of women say they offer to pay because they don’t want to feel obligated for anything – a hug, kiss or a second date. Only 47 percent of women offer to pay to be polite or to “assert their independence.”

Single men say feminism has changed dating for the better; women entrepreneurs are their number one turn-on, says the survey.

Addicted to dating?

Almost one in six singles (15 percent) say they feel addicted to the process of looking for a date.

“The annual Singles in America study has once again demonstrated new emerging trends including men’s overwhelmingly positive view of feminism and feminists, in the boardroom and the bedroom. We’ve captured the great spring forward in gender equality,” says Dr. Helen Fisher, biological anthropologist and Chief Scientific Advisor to Match. “Millennials are diligently using technology to find love—and building new dating rules and taboos along the way. Moreover, if you want to spur a budding relationship forward, skip the flowers: leave your cell phone in your pocket. And how do you know when a friendship is turning into a romance? Singles still express true love in ancestral ways -- it’s not about revealing your passwords.”

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