What would you guess is the #1 Dating Deal Breaker?
Last week at TrueLoveDates.com, I took a poll called “Are These Dating Deal Breakers” asking singles to respond “yes” or “no” as to whether something was a dating deal breaker. I had some really important traits on the list, mixed in with a few qualities that some might say aren’t as important in a relationship.
We had over 20,000 responses from approximately 1,500 different singles across the country.
And the number one deal breaker reported was……..(drumroll please)………
A whopping 85% of singles said that they would definitely NOT date a smoker. It’s a major deal breaker.
I don’t know about you, but I was actually surprised by the overwhelming response to this question, especially considering that 15% of Americans 18 and over currently smoke. Percentage wise, it was a bigger deal breaker than EVERY other item on the list.
Why do you think there was such a collective NO to smoking?
Would you consider smoking a deal breaker? Why or why not?
Do you think smoking is reflective of deeper issues, or is the smoking in and of itself the deal-breaker (the scent, cost, etc.)?
What is it about smoking that makes it so controversial in a dating relationship? I want to hear what you all think about this. Were you as surprised as me, or is this a common deal breaker these days?
I’d love to dig a little deeper into this subject, so leave your comment below! And stay tuned to find out how the rest of the dating deal breakers panned out with our audience.
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Debra Fileta is a Professional Counselor, speaker, and author of True Love Dates: Your Indispensable Guide to Finding the Love of Your Life, 21 Days to Jump Start Your Love Life, and 21 Days to Pray For Your Love Life – where she writes candidly about dating, relationships, and how to find true love. You may also recognize her voice from her 150+ articles at Relevant Magazine or Crosswalk.com! She’s also the creator of this True Love Dates Blog! Connect with her on Facebook or Twitter or book a session with her today!