According to a new dating survey by Internet dating site yesnomayB.com, only 2% of women and zero per cent of men rate their friends’ opinion as having any influence on who they date. Instead, the study reveals that singletons value their own first impressions far more. A staggering 78% of males and more than half (56%) of women seem to make up their minds within the first five minutes of meeting someone. (39% of men claim to make a decision in the first 5 seconds!)
What’s more, we also believe that our first impression is correct. An overwhelming 71% of male participants, and 57% of female participants, said their first impressions mostly stand the test of time.
“In those first few seconds that somebody looks at you in a restaurant, bar or a photograph on a website, they’re only seeing a glimpse of you; but to them, that represents everything they know about you. This is all they have to work with, so it’s important to make sure that glimpse truly represents who you are,” says Amanda Tsinonis, co-founder of yesnomayB.com. The dating survey was conducted by yesnomayB.com with a sample of 1,000 singles.
Other results of the survey showed that the size of your bank balance is the least attractive trait when it comes to online dating. Just 2% believed money makes the best first impression, compared to nearly half (42%) of respondents that put personality in the number one slot and 22% voting for sense of humour.
The survey also found that an overwhelming 82% of women would be far happier to settle for a good relationship with lukewarm sex, while almost half of all men (45%) would happily stay in a cold relationship if it came packaged with good sex.
The sex results aren’t that surprising, nor are the money results. People like to think they’re less shallow than they really are. I am, surprised, however, at the lack of sway that friends had over people’s decision-making. I guess this would explain the phenomenon of everyone hating their friend’s boyfriend, and not telling her until they broke up.