15 People Share The Most Superficial Reasons They've Rejected Someone

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While we'd like to think of ourselves as equal-opportunity daters who give every prospect a fair chance, we've all had superficial reasons for rejecting people at some point. And there's nothing wrong with that. If people got into relationships on merit, with the most kind and compassionate of us getting our first pick, the world would look very different. We shouldn't feel bad about our seemingly arbitrary dating decisions. They do, however, make funny stories.

After seeing a study in PLOS One revealing that 27 percent of women had ended relationships at least partially due to "inadequate" penis size, I wondered what other things were some people's deal breakers. That statistic seemed crazy to me, especially because a 2014 report from UCLA and Cal State LA found that 84 percent of women in relationships are fine with their partner's size, but I guess we all have our thing. So, I asked 15 people to reveal what their "things" were. And the moral of the story is... get a better haircut and wear more conventional shoes? Practice your spelling and read up on pop culture? Lord knows. Do with this information what you will.

I hereby present to you the most superficial reasons people have broken up with people or decided not to date them in the first place.

1. Lack Of Pop Culture Knowledge

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2. Poor Writing Skills

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3. Inappropriate Footwear (But Only Initially)

4. Irritating Mannerisms

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5. A Bad Haircut

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6. Bad Taste

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7. Height

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"1. Republican. 2. Too short. 3. No books in their place or hate their books." — Sue, who has been married for 20 years to a "tall democratic fellow writer who has great books"

8. Unappealing Eyewear

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9. Invasion Of Personal Space

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10. Smoking

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11. Poor Hygiene

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12. Disappointing Sexual Performance

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