Technology may have allowed singletons to expand their horizons and meet more potential partners but a new survey has found your choice of gadget could see you lose out on love.
While bad breath, chewing loudly and getting drunk are still typical turn-offs, one fifth or respondents dismissed a potential love interest because their phone had a different operating system to the one they preferred.
More than one in 10 also judged a date if they had a cracked screen, saying it made them seem careless, clumsy or cheap as they could not afford to fix the damage.
“Our research has shown there is so much more people take into consideration now when going on a date,” said Liam Howley, a spokesman for musicMagpie, which commissioned the poll. “It’s no longer solely about common interests and physical attraction but how we engage with the world around us. Communication is a key part of any relationship, so it’s understandable couples want to be on the same wavelength when keeping in touch.”
Although 54 per cent of respondents said they would be put off a romantic encounter with someone who spent a lot of time on their phone, almost half agreed it is now more socially acceptable to use your mobile when on a date. Seven per cent said they would be put off a potential partner who had checked out their social media profile prior to their date.
Three in 10 admitted to screening prospective suitors online, with Facebook the go-to for searches, followed by Instagram and Google and just shy of a quarter have ditched their date entirely as a result of their vetting.