Survey: What Single Men and Women Want?

What do men want in a woman? What do women want in a man? A recent survey by MarketTools Inc. for an online dating site offers some answers. The survey asked 5,500 single men and women 21 and older what qualities they judge most in the opposite sex. Singles were asked to rate their ‘must haves’ for relationships.

According to the survey, 48% of single women and 38% of single men research their first meeting on Facebook, and 38% of singles said they would cancel their first meeting because of something they found about the person on the Internet. If you can believe it, teeth and grammar were high up on the list of importance to both men and women. About 49% said they would get into a committed relationship with someone who still lived with their parents.

Both sexes say humor is an important quality in a potential partner, and when it comes to finances, 65% would not date someone with credit card debt greater than $5,000. On the other hand, 54% of them said they would not date someone with substantial student loan debt.

More Findings From the Survey

Men’s Top ‘Must Haves’ in a Relationship
The person is someone I can trust and confide in – 63%
Treats me with respect – 57%
Is physically attractive to me – 40%
Has a sense of humor/makes me laugh – 37%

Women’s Top “Must Haves” in a Relationship
Treats me with respect – 84%
The person is someone I can trust and confide in – 77%
Has a sense of humor/makes me laugh – 58%
Shares the same values as I do — 47 %
Is comfortable communicating his wants, needs and desires – 46%


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