Countdown to LOVE: A new survey reveals that it takes just 12 minutes to discover whether or not you like someone.
Body odour was found to be the most off-putting characteristic for six in ten hopeful singles (59 per cent), followed by bad breath (53 per cent).
Meanwhile, four in ten of us (38 per cent) get turned off if their date starts swearing – and it appears we start judging people even before we meet face-to-face.
One in 20 singles (6 per cent) research their date online by viewing their social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.
A quarter (25 per cent) of people will also make drastic changes to their appearance so they impress a potential partner on a big date with a new haircut, new perfume or a manicure being cited as the most popular options for women.
You’re being judged! Singletons will be immediately judged on their smile, whether they make eye contact and their tone of voice, while swearing, bad breathe and body odor are big turn-offs.
Meanwhile one in 20 men (5 per cent) will grow designer stubble to impress on the day.
One in sixteen women (6 per cent) and one in 20 men (5 per cent) go on a diet in the lead up to a first date.
Making a good impression: A quarter of people will also make drastic changes to their appearance so they impress a potential partner on a big date
And it appears almost twice as many men are more forgiving and will offer their date a second chance after a bad first encounter.
Psychologist Donna Dawson said: ‘It is the little things you can do that will mean a lot and will put you ahead in the dating game.
‘For example, good hygiene and fresh breath reveal self-respect and consideration for others.
“Wearing clothes which make you feel both smart and comfortable will help you to relax, which in turn provides the confidence to create a great first impression.
‘Eye contact conveys sincerity and trustworthiness, and shows you are interested in the other person.
‘Human beings are programmed to return a smile so smiling, even when you are nervous, will get you and your first date off to a good start.’
A spokesperson from AXA, who commissioned the research, added: ‘That initial step in a relationship can be a nervous experience, but an important one.
‘You need to think about the little things that will mean a lot on that first date; it appears first impressions are formed very quickly!’
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