Despite your mother’s constant warnings, the Internet is actually a valid place to meet new people and a potential romantic partner. According to the Pew Research Center, 59 percent of Americans now consider online dating a “good way to meet people.” And over the last three years, the number of people using online dating tools has increased in nearly every age group.
So there are definitely more fish in the digital sea, but if you’ve not hooked a mate yet, perhaps it’s time to consider how you’re baiting potential dates.
According to a Consumer Affairs survey on online dating, roughly 42 percent of men say a woman’s sexually suggestiveness on social media is a deal breaker while only 23 percent of men are willing to overlook the matter. Similarly 58 percent of women consider a men’s sexual suggestiveness a deal breaker while only 12 percent of women are willing to look past a man’s overly sexy social media images.
How many of your social media pictures feature you with a drink in hand?
More than 50 percent of men and women don’t take issue with a potential romantic partner who posts drinking photos online. But still be weary because 18 percent of both sexes still do. So, you may want to scrub your timeline of those drunken 35th birthday photos because your Internet crush may not see them in the same carefree light.
As we know, people also use social media as a platform to voice and debate social issues, politics, etc. Yet, potential romantic partners may also be determining their compatibility with you because of those views.
If you’ve ever posted a comment that could have seem slightly racist or homophobic, then know 74 percent of women and 62 percent of men are likely to see that comment as an instant deal breaker.
Lastly, to further your chances of finding a date online, try not to get arrested.
More than 40 percent of men and women consider the crimes for DUI, marijuana possession and disorderly conduct rule breakers. And, duh, more than 80 percent of men and women say they wouldn’t date an attempted murderer (and don’t think you can hide it. More than 10 percent of both genders said they would run background checks on their online dating prospects).
So there you have it: put some clothes on, watch what you say and drink and understand that murder is bad for your dating life.
BMWK: What’s a social media deal breaker for you?