Discover what irks Brit's on a first date

Poor hygiene, being rude to waiters and bad breath named Brits’ biggest dating icks

New data has revealed Brits’ biggest dating icks, with poor personal hygiene ranking on top.

Vape Superstore surveyed 2,000 Brits to find out what gives them the ick when dating, and which icks are complete deal-breakers in a relationship.  

From Gen-Z to Boomers, poor personal hygiene was found to give Brits the ick the most, with the exception of Millennials (25-34 year olds) who believe talking about your ex is the biggest dating ick.

Women were found to get the ick more than their male counterparts, with 54% of the women surveyed saying a romantic partner had given them the ick, compared to 49% of men.

When it comes to what is turning women off, the survey revealed their biggest ick is when someone is rude to a waiter or bartender.

Brits’ Biggest Dating Icks



% who said this would give them the ick

1 They have poor personal hygiene 71%
2 They're rude to a waiter or bartender 68%
3 They have bad breath 65%
4 They talk about their ex 65%
5 They speak with their mouth full 62%
6 They brag about themselves 61%
7 They chew gum loudly 61%
8 They always have to 'top' any story you tell 60%
9 They're a know-it-all 60%
10 They talk about themselves too much 59%
11 They talk in a baby voice 58%
12 They refer to themselves as an influencer 53%
13 They wear too much fake tan 53%
14 They check their phone on a date 53%
15 They overshare on social media 52%
16 They get drunk on a date 51%
17 They post too many mirror selfies 50%
18 They smoke 50%
19 They turn up late to a date 50%
20 They wear clothes the wrong size (e.g. too short trousers, too tight shirt etc.) 49%
21 They unnecessarily shorten words (e.g. menty-b, cozzie-livs etc.) 45%
22 They get food on their face while eating 45%
23 They don't offer to pay on a date 43%
24 They wear too much make-up 42%
25 They have holes or rips in their clothing or shoes 41%
26 They have a bad tattoo 40%
27 They're over-competitive 40%
28 They believe in conspiracy theories 39%
29 They bite their fingernails 38%
30 They start calling you by a pet name 38%
31 They clap when the plane lands 35%
32 They wear cheap or tacky jewellery 34%
33 They don't tip their waiter 34%
34 They have a messy car 32%
35 They have opposing political views to yours 32%
36 They have bad spelling or grammar 32%
37 They post inspirational quotes on social media 31%
38 They refer to themselves as a foodie 31%
39 They double text you 29%
40 They confidently sing the wrong lyrics or get a famous quote wrong 27%
41 They have to repeat themselves when Siri/Alexa/Google doesn't understand them 27%
42 They live with their parents 27%
43 They believe in star signs 25%
44 They can't cook 25%
45 They don't have a driver's licence 24%
46 They sing to you or play a song to you on a musical instrument 24%
47 They have a velcro wallet or purse 20%
48 They don't know how to ride a bike 19%
49 They can't reverse park or parallel park 19%
50 They don't know how to swim 18%

1 in 8 Brits (13%) have unmatched with someone on a dating app because they gave them the ick, with 16-24 year olds admitting to this the most (22%).

A further 1 in 7 Brits (16%) have cancelled a date because someone gave them the ick, with nearly a quarter (24%) of 16-24 year olds admitting to this.

1 in 9 Brits (11%) have gone as far to leave a date mid-way through because someone has given them the ick, with over 1 in 5 (22%) 25-34 year olds having walked out on a date.

But it’s not just those in the dating scene who have experienced the dreaded ick.

Almost half (43%) of Brits in a relationship and 56% of married Brits have had their partner give them the ick, while only 22% of engaged Brits admitted to this.

1 in 6 Brits (17%) have even ended a relationship because they got the ick, with over 1 in 5 (22%) 35-44 year olds having done this.

Those residing in Sheffield were found to get the ick the least (30%), whilst those from Belfast got the ick the most (64%).

Belfast residents weren’t afraid to take action, unmatching on dating apps (19%), cancelling dates (29%) and ending relationships (32%) the most. However, it was Londoners who were found to leave a date mid-way through (16%) the most. contains general information about vaping and vapour products. The information provided is not medical advice, and should not be relied upon unless explicitly cited. We do not make any warranties surrounding the health benefits, reliability and accuracy of written copy across all pages on our website, including blog content and content posted on social media.

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David Phillips is the lead content writer at Vape Superstore, with a decade of involvement in the vaping industry. Armed with a journalism diploma, he has spent the past ten years exploring the world of vaping. David has a hands-on research approach and is committed to delivering fact-based content that is useful to readers. As a former smoker, he has personally experienced the advantages that switching to vaping has to offer, not only for well-being but also for cost savings. David is enthusiastic about raising awareness about vaping’s benefits and helping people make the switch away from tobacco.

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