Dating Statistics – The Date Mix https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix Dating and Relationship Advice for Today's Daters Sat, 09 Dec 2017 09:00:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5 Zoosk Data Study: The Ultimate Guide to Food and Dating https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/dating-advice/food-and-dating/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:55:18 +0000 https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/?p=15544 Love guacamole? You may want to mention it in your dating profile.

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With the holidays coming up, here at Zoosk we’ve all been thinking a lot about what we’re thankful for (our health, our families, our friends, our dogs, a Dodgers’ World Series loss, the NES Classic Edition) and also about, well, food. And it got us to thinking… We’ve all heard that saying that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but is it really true? Does food play a role in the way people feel about each other or about who we’re attracted to?

To get a glimpse into how important food is to blossoming love and personal relationships we analyzed 3,733,185 dating profiles and 364,609,566 first messages to find out how mentioning different foods and food-related phrases changes online daters’ romantic interactions. In addition, we also surveyed over 7,000 singles to get some insight into how food and dating intersect.

And what we found? In many ways, we are what we eat. Food preferences do have an impact on how we interact with each other romantically. And for the most part, any time food and romance come together it’s very positive.

Here are the takeaways:

1. Daters’ favorite holiday for food is definitely Thanksgiving
58% of singles asked said that Thanksgiving was the best holiday meal by far. Christmas was second with 25% and Easter was last with just 2% of the vote.

Daters’ Favorite Holiday Meal

 Thanksgiving  58%
Christmas 25%
4th of July 9%
Super Bowl Sunday 6%
Easter 2%

2. Talking about food in your profile makes you more attractive (but not yams)
Overall, any mention of food in an online dating profile is going to result in an increase in inbound messages. Some foods, such as guacamole, potatoes, and chocolate are particularly successful at increasing the amount of messages (users with these foods in their profile have over 100% more incoming messages than the average). There are a few exceptions however. Interestingly enough, despite the fact that it is both delicious and wonderful, mentioning fried chicken in a dating profile results in 15% fewer messages and yams are vastly unpopular resulting in 70% fewer messages.

Best Foods to Mention in Your Online Dating Profile

 Food mentioned in profile  Increase in inbound messages
Guacamole 144%
Potatoes 101%
Chocolate 100%
Salad 97%
Sushi 93%
Avocado 91%
Pasta 75%
Cheese 75%
Cake 72%
Burger 68%
Banana 66%
Biscuit 64%
Ice cream 62%
Fries 61%
Seafood 61%
Sandwich 55%
Steak 51%
Junk food 50%
Pizza 48%
Hot dog 41%
Sausage 30%
Eggplant 25%
Taco 24%
Ribs 20%
Bbq 17%
Burrito 17%
Pho 6%
Noodles 3%

Worst Foods to Mention in Your Online Dating Profile

 Food mentioned in profile  Decrease in inbound messages
Yams -70%
Fried Chicken -15%

3. Protein is the most popular food group
When it comes to food groups, protein is the big winner with 36% more messages than the average.

Most Popular Food Groups Among Online Daters

 Food group mentioned in profile   Increase in inbound messages
Protein 36%
Fruits 34%
Vegetables 19%
Grains 16%
Dairy 2%

4. Foodies are sexy
Other than simply talking about food, mentioning that you’re a foodie or talking about cooking will also result in more incoming messages. Profiles that contain the word foodie receive 82% more incoming messages, while those who mention the word cook receive 26% more incoming messages.

5. Chatting about food will only help you a little (except for eggplant)
Though mentioning food in your profile can lead to more incoming messages, it probably shouldn’t be the first thing you talk about with someone. For the most part, mentioning food in an initial message doesn’t result in many more replies. But there are some exceptions, the most surprising of which is eggplant, which gets 10% more responses than the average.

Best Foods to Mention in An Online Dating Message

 Message text  Increase in response rate
Eggplant 10%
Biscuit 4%
Sausage 4%
Salad 3%
Fries 3%
Vegetables 2%
Banana 2%
Pho 2%
Noodles 2%
Hot dog 1%
Pasta 1%
Sandwich 1%
Potatoes 1%
Cake 1%
Ribs 1%

In fact, some words may even hurt your chances of getting a reply.

Worst Foods to Mention in An Online Dating Message

Message text Decrease in response rate
Burrito -7%
Fried chicken -7%
Pizza -6%
Avocado -4%
Junk food -4%
Guacamole -3%
bbq -3%
Sushi -3%
Chocolate -2%
Yams -2%
Ice cream -2%
Carbs -2%
Cheese -2%
Grains -1%

6. There’s no longer a stigma against vegetarians
Back in 2015, messages that mentioned being a vegetarian were a big no-no and resulted in 100% fewer replies than the average. But now that’s it’s 2017, saying you’re a vegetarian is a plus. Messages that mention being a vegetarian get 3% more replies than the average. Though it’s not a huge lift in replies, it is a huge difference in just two years. In addition, if you say you’re a vegetarian in your profile you can get up to 52% more incoming messages. Being a vegan is a plus as well. People who mention vegan in their profile get 62% more incoming messages than the average.

7. Getting fast food on a first date is no problem… for men 
The majority of women (59%) have a negative perception of their date when they suggest a fast-food restaurant, while only a quarter of men (25%) feel the same way. In addition, 10% of women said going to a fast-food restaurant for a first date is an immediate deal-breaker.

If a date suggests a fast-food restaurant, women said they think:

  • They’re cheap: 31%
  • They’re unhealthy: 28%
  • They’re easy to please: 12%
  • It doesn’t make a difference (a fast-food restaurant is a totally acceptable suggestion for a first date): 29%

If a date suggests a fast-food restaurant, men said they think:

  • They’re cheap: 8%
  • They’re unhealthy: 17%
  • They’re easy to please: 27%
  • It doesn’t make a difference (a fast-food restaurant is a totally acceptable suggestion for a first date): 48%

If a date takes them to a fast-food restaurant, women said they:

  • Silently judge them, but give them a chance: 31%
  • Don’t judge them, a fast-food restaurant is totally okay for a first date: 34%
  • Suggest they go to another place instead: 25%
  • Make an excuse to end the date (it’s a deal-breaker): 10%

If a date takes them to a fast-food restaurant, men said they:

  • Silently judge them, but give them a chance: 17%
  • Don’t judge them, a fast-food restaurant is totally okay for a first date: 55%
  • Suggest they go to another place instead: 25%
  • Make an excuse to end the date (it’s a deal-breaker): 3%

8. Sorry, Aziz, the Whole Foods line doesn’t really work
In his popular Netflix show “Master of None” Aziz Ansari had some success on dating apps using the line, “Going to Whole Foods, want me to pick up anything?” Unfortunately, on Zoosk the line didn’t work so well.

Since the show went live in May, men have sent 3,646 messages using the now-famous line. However, the reply rate was the same as the average. That means, if you’re a guy trying to spark up a conversation with a woman on a dating app, it doesn’t help to ask her what she wants from Whole Foods, but doesn’t hurt either.

Women, however, have had some success with the line. Though there have been a very a small amount of women trying it out (only 49 messages since May) their reply rate was 31% above the average.

9. Seafood is the most popular food to eat on a date
When it comes to date-night fare, 19% of online daters prefer seafood. But surf and turf are both popular items with steak coming in second with 18% of the vote.

Favorite Date-Night Foods 

Seafood  19%
Steak 18%
Mexican 12%
Pasta 9%
Sushi 8%
Chinese 7%
Pizza 7%
Tapas 4%
Salad 4%
Breakfast Food 4%
Burgers 4%
Sandwiches 3%
Indian 1%

Other fun facts?

– Men would prefer to ‘meat’ their date at a Texas Roadhouse. Steak is 7% more popular with men than women.

– Millennials voted sushi as their favorite date-night food.

10. But stay away from the buffalo wings and ribs
When asked what foods they avoid on dates, 23% of online daters said buffalo wings or ribs. Other unpopular date-night foods are Indian food and anything that’s hard to pronounce.

Worst Foods to Eat on a Date

Buffalo wings or ribs 23%
Indian food 15%
Hard to pronounce food 12%
Garlic 10%
Spaghetti 8%
Shellfish 7%
Lobster or crab 5%
Mexican 4%
Dairy 4%
Spinach 4%
Corn 3%
Eggs 3%
Soup 2%

11. Chocolate covered strawberries are the sexiest food
When asked what the sexiest foods are, the classic chocolate-covered strawberries won out with 34% of the vote. Wine and cheese wasn’t far behind however, with 28% of the vote. But sorry caviar lovers, your favorite food was tied for last place along with sausages and hot dogs.

Chocolate-covered strawberries 34%
Wine and cheese 28%
Ice cream 12%
Oysters 8%
Fondue 5%
Pasta 3%
Bananas 3%
Truffles or soufflé 2%
Apple pie 2%
Sausage or hot dog 1%
Caviar 1%

 

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The 14 Dating Statistics All Singles Need to Know https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/dating-statistics-and-research/dating-statistics/14-dating-statistics-singles-need-know/ Wed, 27 Sep 2017 08:00:16 +0000 https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/?p=15155 Did you know if you date for 3 months, you're more likely to start a serious relationship? It's science.

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When it comes to dating and relationships there are a lot of grey areas—as there should be. Maybe that’s why it’s so fun to look at dating statistics and data to see the black and white facts presented by the numbers. Whether you’re curious about the best city  to start a relationship in or want to know what men really think about paying for the first date, check out these 14 important dating statistics for some much-needed insight.

1. Shared interests and sex are important to a successful marriage.
According to a 2017 study on marriage by the PEW Research Center, 64% of married couples say having shared interests is important to a successful relationship and 61% said satisfying sexual relationship is. It makes sense then, that in a survey of over 6,000 online daters on the dating site Zoosk, the majority of them said the thing they like to talk about in their first conversation with someone is their hobbies and interests. Another fun find—56% of married adults say sharing household chores is very important to a successful marriage.

2. Guys care more about who pays the bill than women.
In a recent survey of over 6,000 heterosexual singles on the dating site and app Zoosk, 86% of men said they preferred to pay the bill, while only 56% of women said they prefered the man to pay. On top of that, only 25% of men said they like it when a woman offers to pay.  

3. It’s actually harder start a relationship in a big city.
According to 2014 Facebook data gathered from relationship-related posts and status changes, big cities like New York, LA, and Miami aren’t the best place to meet people. The cities that you’re most likely to start a relationship in? Colorado Springs, El Paso, Louisville, and Fort Worth.

4. Love goes beyond politics.
Though current times may suggest otherwise, the same PEW study on marriage also showed that only 16% of married people said they thought shared political views were important to their marriage. So even if you and your significant other don’t see eye to eye on economic reform or foreign policy, you can still be a good pair for each other in a relationship.

5. More people are choosing to stay single longer, or indefinitely.
And as a result the gap between married and single people has narrowed. Back in the 1950s married couples outnumbered singles by 37.1 million, but after the last census in 2015 that number shrunk to 12.1 million.

6. The best time to get married is between the ages of 28 and 32.
According to a study by Nick Wolfinger, a sociologist at the University of Utah people who get married between 28 and 32 split up the least. As the study put it, this “Goldilocks Theory of Marriage” shows that getting married too early or too late can be risky.

7. Most people think online dating is a good way to meet people.
In a 2015 study by PEW, 59% of people in the U.S. agreed that online dating was a good way to meet people. And that number was on the rise, since in 2005 only 44% of people surveyed said they thought online dating was a good way to meet.

8. If you date someone for 3 months, it’s likely you’ll start a serious relationship.
Another fun find from Facebook—couples who make it to 3 months usually end up together for at least 4 years. So the three month mark is an important milestone.

9. If you’ve been dating for over 6 months, it might be time to discuss marriage.
A survey from the dating app Zoosk showed that 56% of men and 54% of women want to discuss marriage after they’ve been dating for 6 months.

10. Technology can bring couples closer.
According to a 2014 PEW research study, 21% of mobile phone owners, said they feel closer to their spouse or partner because of conversations they had via text. 9% admitted that they had resolved an argument over text message that they couldn’t resolve in person. In addition to that 27% of internet users say their internet usage has had an impact on their relationship and 74% said it was a positive one.

11. More people are getting remarried.
According to the U.S. census 40% of new marriages involve remarriage, where one or both of the spouses have been married before. In addition, in 2013 42 million adults in the U.S. had been married more than once which was up from 22 million in 1980.  

12. Men and women both want someone who’s honest.
After data mining over 3,000,000 profiles, the dating app Zoosk found that both men and women use the word honest the most while describing what they’re looking for in another person. Other popular traits varied by age and included things like fun, sense of humor, family, or easy going.

13. Same sex couples don’t care about age as much.
According to Facebook data, in heterosexual couples, males are consistently 2–5 years older than females, while same-sex couples generally have larger gaps within the spouses ages.

14. Coffee or dinner dates are the best way to go.
According to messaging data from the online dating site Zoosk, women in their 20s and 30s use the word dinner most often when describing their ideal date. Womens in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and older list coffee most often.

 

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When It Comes to Online Dating, Nice Guys Finish First https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/dating-advice/dating-advice-men/comes-online-dating-nice-guys-finish-first/ Wed, 17 May 2017 22:01:41 +0000 https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/?p=14619 Want to get more messages from women online? You might want to take a tip from the nice guys.

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Men and woman have always wondered if the old saying “Nice guys finish last” really holds true. And now, thanks to AskMen and online dating data from the dating site Zoosk, we can have the real answer. They looked into different data around what types of behaviors work best while dating online and found that the nice guys tend to come out on top.

Check it out:

An infographic about being a nice guy while online dating.

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36 Things Women in Their 20s Are Looking for in a Guy https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/dating-advice/women-20s-looking-guy/ Mon, 08 May 2017 21:18:58 +0000 https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/?p=14487 Do you know how to make a girl laugh?

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A great smile? A steady job? An interesting conversationalist? What is it that women in their 20s really want from a man? And is it really that different from what older women want?

After looking into what women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s want from a man, the online dating site Zoosk was interested in what women in their 20s were looking for too. To help get deep into the psyche of these young female minds, they found the top 36 words and phrases women in their 20s used most often while describing the type of guy they’d like to be with in their online dating profile.

So what did they find? By and large, it wasn’t that different from what older women want from their men but there were a few key takeaways…

Women in their 20s definitely want a guy who can make them laugh.
So much so that laugh was the #1 word mentioned while describing who their perfect match would be. Other popular traits also included funny, sense of humor, make me laugh, and love to laugh. 

Fun is a top priority.
Though women of all age groups mention fun as a top characteristic (4th for women in their 30s and 40s, and 3rd for women who are 50+), for women in their fun was the #2 thing they bring up when describing what they want in a guy.

Like all women, they want someone honest.
For women in their 30s,  40s, and 50s honest was the #1 word mentioned while describing the person they’re looking for. As it turns out, women in their 20s are looking for an honest man too. It was the 4th most mentioned word. Also popular was loyal, respectful, genuine, and real.

Women in their 20s think about height more.
Unlike other age-groups, women in their 20s were the only group to mention that a tall guy was important.

They’re looking for a family-minded guy.
Believe it or not, women in their 20s are interested in a man who’s interested in a family. A guy who values family was the 7th most popular word, while kids was mentioned 12th.

Want to see the full list and see what else they’re searching for? Check it out:

What Women In Their 20s Are Looking for in a Guy
The Top 36 Words and Phrases Mentioned While Describing Their Perfect Match

  1. laugh
  2. fun
  3. funny
  4. honest
  5. sense of humor
  6. kind
  7. family
  8. caring
  9. smile
  10. make me laugh
  11. ambitious
  12. going
  13. loyal
  14. loving
  15. outgoing
  16. adventurous
  17. respectful
  18. smart
  19. sweet
  20. tall
  21. positive
  22. romantic
  23. down to earth
  24. intelligent
  25. outdoors
  26. spontaneous
  27. gentleman
  28. genuine
  29. travel
  30. creative
  31. adventures
  32. respect
  33. music
  34. real
  35. understanding
  36. animals

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The 10 Best Places to Find a Date According to Data Science https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/dating-statistics-and-research/dating-statistics/10-best-places-find-date-according-data-science/ Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:57:22 +0000 https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/?p=14180 Wondering where the best place to be single is? We found it.

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Now that Valentine’s Day has come and gone, some singles may be feeling a little lonely. If you suffered through holiday parties without a date on your arm and endured New Year’s Eve without a midnight kiss only to find yourself alone on Valentine’s Day too, you might be feeling discouraged. So instead of sitting back and waiting for love to find you, why not do something about it?

Thanks to a recent study by Zillow on what dating spots are the best for finding a serious partner we have new insight on how to make sure you’re looking for love in all the right places. They evaluated important factors in successful dating, such as the percentage of singles in a given area, and the amount of singles who are new to an area in the past year. Plus, the study considered the number of date spots per 10,000 residents, like restaurants or parks, and looked at the median individual income of adults 18 years and older.

Turns out, if you’re looking for love this year, Boston is your best bet. A whopping 66% of Bostonians are single. The city offers a plethora of date spots—159 per 10,000 residents—compared to competing areas. Luckily, wages are a little higher in Boston without insanely steep costs of housing too, leaving a little extra paper for courting your valentine.

If you’re serious about finding love, consider other top-ranked cities like New Orleans, Indianapolis, Richmond, or Louisville.

Or check out this more detailed breakdown of the best places to live if you’re looking for love:

Valentine's Day Dating Infographic

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Survey Finds that Women Find Single Dads Irresistible https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/dating-statistics-and-research/dating-statistics/single-dads/ Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:10:10 +0000 https://www.zoosk.com/date-mix/?p=13045 Happy Father's Day single dads.

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With Father’s Day right around the corner, we had dads on the mind this week and decided to take a quick look into how single dads do on the dating scene. And what we found? Well, Happy Father’s Day dads because as it turns out, women are very much attracted to responsible, caring men who know how to take care of their kids.

After surveying its members, the popular dating site Zoosk uncovered that 83 percent of single women are likely to date a single father. Nice!

Wondering why women find single dads so appealing? After asking single dads how they approach dating, we came up with a few conclusions:

1. Single dads are more discerning.
Rather than looking for just a pretty face, single dads want someone who can be a positive role model. In fact, 44 percent of men start evaluating their significant other’s parenting skills on or before the first date.

2. Single dads want to take it slow.
Single dads won’t risk their kids getting emotionally attached to a partner unless the relationship has a future. 43 percent of dads said they would only introduce their kids to their significant other when they know it’s serious.

3. Single dads are emotionally mature.
Putting their kids’ needs before their own is a telltale sign that single dads are emotionally mature. 44 percent of dads admit they’re likely to allow their children to dictate their relationship, meaning if their children don’t like their significant other, they won’t continue the relationship.

Looking to snag a single dad this Father’s Day? Zoosk found that Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Miami are the best cities to find a single father, due to the percentages of single dads in these areas. So after you’re done letting your dad know how much you appreciate him, don’t forget to show a little love to all the single dads out there.

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