Biggest dating app turn-offs – posing with fish and cropping your ex out of photos

·Contributor, Yahoo Life UK
·3 min read
A man posing with a fish he's caught is one of the biggest dating app turn-offs. (Getty Images)
A man posing with a fish he's caught is one of the biggest dating app turn-offs. (Getty Images)

Cropping your ex out of your profile pictures or posing with a fish you've caught are the biggest dating app turn-offs, according to new research.

The study also found that people who don't have pets or give blunt, one word answers are less likely to get a swipe right.

Sex toy brand Ricky.com surveyed 2,200 UK adults to find out how our dating behaviour has changed.

Research has found that people have become more picky about who they connect with online. (Getty Images)
Research has found that people have become more picky about who they connect with online. (Getty Images)

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They also discovered that the 25-35 age group is now the most picky, only swiping right for about 8% of the profiles they see come up and only tending to message around 40% of those they match with.

Over half of people have found that they have become too fussy about who they were swiping for on dating apps (52%), and it has led to them having unrealistic dating expectations.

Cropping an ex-partner out of the profile picture was the biggest turn-off (68%), followed by a guy posing with a picture of a fish he's caught (62%).

Interestingly, people who don't have any pets in their photos also put 54% of prospective partners off, followed by people who give blunt one word answers (51%).

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The 18-24 age group were found to have the biggest number of turn-offs, with 94% of those surveyed having a list of five or more turn-offs.

When asked if there were ever any instances where they felt they needed or wanted to delete their dating apps, it was found that over two thirds (71%) of people had deleted their dating app profiles in the past. Over half (52%) said that they’re developing unrealistic dating expectations due to how selective you can be with people on dating apps before even speaking to the person.

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Cropping your ex out of your profile picture is a big error. (Getty Images)
Cropping your ex out of your profile picture is a big error. (Getty Images)

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“Gone are the days where people would organically meet at work, through a mutual friend, or in a bar," says Tom Thurlow, CEO and Founder of Ricky.com. "Now, the modern dating world is all about swiping right and super likes."

"Not only have we found that people are becoming increasingly selective as to who they ‘like’, but our research has also shown that while dating apps are allowing us to see hundreds of people within our set distance, we’re actually limiting ourselves more than we would be if we were to meet someone in the real world.

"This is mostly down to our society being so judgemental, whereby we now base our entire opinion of someone on a few photos and a bio that’s only a couple of lines long.”

Maybe it's time to start meeting people in the real world?

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