This Is the Amount of Time You Have to Make a Good First Impression (Hurry Up!)

This Is the Amount of Time You Have to Make a Good First Impression (Hurry Up!)

If you've read this far, yup, your fate's already been decided. 

By Marianne Garvey

Hi, my name is … forget it, they already like you or not.

A new study examining the art of first impressions has found that a person only has 27 seconds to make a good first impression. Yup, and that’s usually before you even speak.

The survey asked 2,000 people how they formed first impressions, and discovered that 69 percent of them tend to form a first impression of somebody before they even open their mouth. It ain’t right, but it’s true.

Factors that contributed to a great first impression? “Smiling, being polite, smelling nice, being a good listener and making eye contact,” were top of the list.

Dollar Shave Club conducted the survey to see if, in fact, scent had anything to do with a first impression.

Well, yes, obviously. A whopping 85 percent of respondents said their first impression of somebody was more positive if they smelled yummy. Especially on a date, where 60 percent of those asked said they form a first impression at lighting fast speed. As for a second date, that’s decided within 15 minutes into a first date. Many said it takes every less time than that. Sixty-eight percent put effort into how they would like to smell on a date. Um, we’d hope so.

First impressions also came from reading a person’s confidence level, which nearly every person asked said was raised when they looked and smelled good. Eighty-three percent of those asked said they’re likely to form a good first impression of somebody they perceive as confident.

Not surprisingly, “smelling bad, acting arrogantly and dressing poorly” caused people to form a bad first impression of somebody.

Overall, the top 10 factors to forming a good first impression included:

  1. Smile
  2. Polite
  3. Well spoken
  4. Eye contact
  5. Good listener
  6. Smells nice
  7. Holds conversation well
  8. Body language
  9. Tone of voice
  10. Well dressed
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