What single men and women are looking for!
When American Demographics magazine polled 1500 single men and women in an online survey about the characteristics they most desired in an opposite sex partner, the lists were a perfect match.
Intelligence was the "most wanted" quality, ranked as extremely important or very important by 79% of respondents. The next most important quality was "funny", by 70%, attractive with 34%, athletic at 12%, and finally wealthy, just 6%. (explains why us truckers are struggling finding someone...lol) This hierarchy holds true across not only sex but every other demographic segment, including age, income, level of education, race, and ethnicity.
It wasn't a surprise to find that intelligence was so important, but was surprising that wealth ranked so low with women, since women in years passed have considered the man's income to be important.
The switch can be attributed to the women's earning power has improved. Now that women have status, they can look for attractiveness, just like men do.
The poll also asked singles where they look for people to date, and allowed for multiple answers. Friends, co-workers, and family were the most common sources mentioned by 65%. 36% mentioned work, 27% said school, 26% met online, and 26% in bars or coffee shops. Fewer than 20% met at their place of worship, at libraries and bookstores, or at the gym.
Logically, the sexes reported meeting at the same kinds of places. But there were differences for other demographic groups. Those who are single again (divorced or widowed) are much more likely than singles who have never married to meet dates on the Internet (42% vs 22%), but are less likely to meet in libraries and bookstores (4% vs 12%) than those who have remained spouse free.
The survey found that 71% of women say they are willing to make the first phone call after a good date. If it is the guy making the call, 64% of the fellows say they will call within a day, 29% wait two to three days, and 2% wait four days before calling.
If on the other hand, things dont go so well during the date, 22% of women will have a plan for ending the date quickly, compared to 11% of the men.
Asked what they would most prefer to do on a special date, the sexes are a fairly close match. Eating in a nice restaurant is the first choice for 46% of men, and 39% of women. Women (26%) would like to go to a concert, movie, or theatre, compared to 21% of men. Men, on the other hand, favor dinner at home or on a picnic (18%) but just 13% of women agree (perhaps being afraid they will be expected to cook, making things less special)
But it is women who like to go to an amusement park, mini-golf, go-carts, or arcade-14% compared to 6% of men.
Hope this sheds some light on where you are looking and what you plan to do on the special first date.