First dates are the worst; you're anxious, stressed, worried, and you feel the need to check if there's food in your teeth every five minutes. This is all worth it if you have a great connection, but having to sit through dinner with a bad-habit dater will make you question why you thought you wanted a boyfriend in the first place. Everyone has their personal pet peeve when it comes to dating, but apparently taking a smoke break is the worst first date behavior there is, per a recent Match.com survey. The study also found that 89 percent of people would prefer not to date a smoker at all. Single smokers, I think you finally found some motivation to quit.
Only 19 percent of adults admit to being smokers, so thankfully this dating behavior isn't all too common. With the percentage being so low, it's surprising that the population surveyed didn't take more offense to other bad dating habits — taking a smoke break was ranked above checking your phone and arriving late, with 51 percent of those surveyed saying it is the worst offense. Though the people of Match.com have spoken, these other bad date behaviors definitely rank high on the most offensive list, according to me.
1. Checking Your Phone
2. Showing Up Late
...Especially if you're meeting your date somewhere. Don't force them to sit at the bar and engage the bartender in a sob story about how their date stood them up only for you to arrive a half hour later with a half-assed apology.
3. Talking Longterm
Slurring your words and getting handsy is the worst way to impress a date. If this is how you want your whirlwind romance to begin, take yourself to the nearest college bar.