Search icon


17th Nov 2016

Survey reveals the number one turn-off in a partner

We’d have to agree with this.

Everyone has their preferences when it comes to a potential partner, while some turn-offs are completely down to personal opinion others are ones that almost everyone can agree is a deal breaker.

Over 2000 single people were surveyed by about the biggest turn-off on a first date, and the top 50 answers were compiled in a list.

The top contenders are things we can definitely agree on. The number one issue was body odour with almost three-quarter of adults saying it would be their main reason to avoid a follow-up date.

Second place went to bad tempers, followed by lying, acting selfishly and having bad breath.

Fifty-three percent said they form an opinion on someone in 15 minutes or less, and over half would ditch someone who seemed otherwise perfect but had one glaring flaw.

The poll also showed wholesome traits were still valued as the most important qualities in a date, with a sense of humour and good hygiene being favoured over wealth and fashion sense, with non-smoking also a key consideration in a partner.

The list of turn-off varied from hygiene issues to behavioural issues and appearance.
You can see the top 50 turn-offs below.
1.Body odour
2.Bad temper
4.Being selfish
5. Bad breath (cigarettes)
6. Bad breath (unidentified food)
7.No sense of humour
8.Yellow teeth
9.Eats disgustingly
10.Having dirty clothes
11.Being rude to waiters
12.Had nothing in common
13.Dirty fingernails
15.Smelly feet
16.Talking about exes too much
17.Being sexist
18.Bad fake tan
19.Being jealous
20.Being obsessed with money
21.Took too many selfies
22.Being cheap
23.Bad breath (coffee)
24.Can’t handle alcohol
25.Referring to themselves in the third person
26.Someone who looks at themselves more than you
28.Talked about babies/marriage on the first date
29.Someone who doesn’t make you a priority
30.Horrible perfume/aftershave
31.Had piercings
32.Being late
33.Annoying laugh
34.Being insecure
35.A nasal voice
37.Bad make-up
38.Friends didn’t like them
39.Bad haircut
40.Bad fashion sense
41.Obviously checking out your body
42.No career ambition
43.Too much perfume/aftershave
44.Big nose
45.Had rubbish taste in music
46.Still living with parents
47.Bad shoes
48.Had rubbish taste in TV
49.Living with parents
50. Wore braces