If you're single, having an idea of what people's biggest date dealbreakers are can be super helpful in your search for love. We all have different ideas of what makes a good first date, just like we all have particular dating pet peeves that instantly turn us off from potential partners. There's no way to know in advance what specific behaviors or traits will irk your date, but being aware of what the general public deems a dating no-no will ensure that you go into the date without being totally clueless.
A new survey by dating site PlentyOfFish asked 2,000 singles their thoughts on everything from small talk to emoji usage — you guessed it —their date dealbreakers. While there were some obvious dating don'ts (like being rude), the most surprising thing was what didn't make the list: talking politics. Only five percent of those surveyed said they hate when people talk about politics on a date. To be fair, it's been kind of hard to avoid talking about politics in any situation since Trump's election, so maybe we're all feeling a little more open to the idea of a first date political debate these days.
But should it really be an instant dealbreaker? "It's one thing if [your dealbreaker] is a lifestyle thing — I'm never going to date someone who smokes — but when you start saying thinking of dealbreakers in terms of political party, you're going to be missing out on a huge number of people you could be really happy with," Celeste Headlee, conversation expert and author, tells Bustle. "Millennials especially are prone to these dealbreakers about philosophy and philosophy is totally important but it affects maybe two percent of your daily life at the most."
If you're curious about what singles say not to do on a date, here are the top five dating dealbreakers to avoid.