The Number One Reason You're Still Single
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Unlucky in Love?1 of 10
By Sara Tan
No one ever said that dating was easy. But you may actually be making it harder on yourself than you realize. Recent dating studies suggest that during the search for Mr. Right, some women have been becoming Miss Impossible to Please. Here are nine signs that you're a little too picky when it comes to finding a guy.
You're Unrealistic2 of 10
"If you've got a list of deal breakers that has more than five things on it, you are the problem," according to Dan Savage of Savage Love. While there are certain issues you absolutely can't overlook (like, he hates dogs and doesn't believe in deodorant), there are other things worth letting slide, political affiliations and sports allegiances included. Having differences doesn't necessarily make you incompatible with another person. Haven't you heard? Opposites attract.
You're Too Focused on Looks3 of 10
A recent study found that while both 20-somethings of both sexes were delaying marriage, women were doing it for more superficial reasons. You totally deserve to date someone who looks like Ryan Gosling, but if you're overlooking potential dates because they don't meet your ideal guy's physical standard, you may be missing out on genuine connections.
You're Anti Online4 of 10
The online dating stigma has lifted, but you would still rather meet someone by bumping into them in the produce section. While the latter sounds lovely, people may be on to something with this online thing. According to Match.com, nearly a third of singles reported dating someone they met online. The study also found that 20 percent of singles met their most recent first date online, versus the 7 percent who met theirs at a bar.
You Don't Do Setups5 of 10
You love your friends, but the last thing you want is to be a part of their matchmaking games. However, results from a recent relationship study may cause you to reconsider. According to eZine, 63 percent of married couples said they met their mates through a friend. In fact, a handful of online dating sites, like Coffee Meets Bagel, have been created with the sole purpose of allowing users to meet friends of friends.
You Facebook Stalk6 of 10
Admit it: You've hung out with someone and accidentally blurted out a detail of their life that you didn't learn from them. Instead, you discovered it while trawling Facebook or Instagram. It turns out that Internet investigation is the norm, especially for those on first dates. According to Match.com, 48 percent of women admit to researching someone online before they go out with them. The study also found that the 48 percent would cancel a date if they found something they didn't like.
You're From Brooklyn7 of 10
You know that ol' Shania Twain song about not being impressed much? It seems to be the Brooklyn girl's anthem. A recent survey conducted by dating site AYI.com found that when it came to online dating, ladies from this New York borough were the least likely in the country to reply to messages from prospective dates. Single women from Los Angeles, Detroit, Minneapolis and Cincinnati also ranked high on the selectiveness scale.
You Over-Text8 of 10
It's all too easy to rule a guy out based on one bad text. (He mixed up your/you're or their/there? Over it!) Reduce the likelihood of eliminating a guy for something trivial and communicate as much as possible by phone.
You Quiz Dates9 of 10
Dating site Zoosk conducted a survey among single men to find out their dating pet peeves. One of the top five was being peppered with questions during a first date. While it's a turn-off to talk about yourself too much on a first date, being overly inquisitive and asking question after question will leave him feeling like he is interviewing for a job. It's OK to leave a first date not knowing everything about the guy. There will be plenty more opportunities to learn all the juicy bits about each other—perhaps even a lifetime!
You Don't Do Younger10 of 10
You meet someone at a bar and they seem almost perfect, until they reveal that they graduated high school the same year you graduated from college. Before you walk away, consider this: It's becoming more common for older, successful women to marry younger men. Not only is it more common, it's also preferred. A recent study by AYI.com found that a woman was five times more likely to show interest in a man that was five years her junior than one who was five years older.