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Brits say personal hygiene is more important than looks when it comes to dating

Mirror logo Mirror 09/02/2018 Stian Alexander

Poor hygiene is the second biggest turn-off (Image: GETTY) © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Poor hygiene is the second biggest turn-off (Image: GETTY) Brits put personal hygiene ahead of good looks when it come to dating, a survey has found. 

Bosses at dating site Match.com found that looks aren't everything when it comes to the dating scene, with 94 per cent saying they would be put off a date who 'smelled bad'.

Bad manners were even more important, with 95 per cent saying they would be turned off a date who was rude to people.

Dr Caroline Allen, of Newcastle University, said: "Research suggests that we can get a lot of information about a person from their body odour.

a man and a woman sitting at a table: Credits: GETTY © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: GETTY "Humans have distinct odour ‘fingerprints’, and so smell may be more important to us than we once thought - perhaps especially so when selecting a sexual or romantic partner.

"Studies have found that we prefer the odour of an individual who is genetically dissimilar to us, which suggests that we can get information related to the genetic compatibility of a potential partner from their body odour.

a man and a woman standing in front of a window: Credits: GETTY © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: GETTY “There are a whole range of traits which we seem to be able to detect in body odour such as quality of diet, health, and personality, how masculine or feminine someone is, as well as their current emotions - all of which might be useful to us when choosing a romantic partner, or for attracting a potential partner to us.”

The top five 'turn-offs' on a first date:

  1. Bad manners - 95 per cent
  2. Poor personal hygiene - 94 per cent
  3. Lack of sense of humour - 89 per cent
  4. Looks - 73 per cent
  5. Being late - 72 per cent

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