Columns / Discourse / January 12, 2011

Did You Know: Dish on Dating

Dating — it is a loaded word. Dating seems to come with so many emotional ties and baggage, both good and bad. But here are some facts about dating, both off and online, that you might not have known. Oh yeah, and there are some that may just help you score a date!

1. Speed dating, invented by a rabbi from Los Angeles in 1999, is based on a Jewish tradition of chaperoned gatherings of young Jewish singles. I’m not sure how that coincides with speed dating, but whatever!

2. If a man can’t decide what to wear on a date, he might want to wear blue. Studies show that women are attracted to men in blue. Perhaps that’s why women seem so attracted to marines in their dress uniform.

3. In the online dating world, women are afraid of meeting a serial killer. Men are afraid of meeting someone “fat.” According to nonfiction crime writer Ann Rule, about three percent of men are psychopaths, of which only a tiny percentage are serial killers. We have no statistics about large women though, guys, sorry.

4. In a survey of 5,000 singles conducted by, 43 percent said fresh breath mattered the most before a date, 17 percent said stylish clothes, 15 percent said sexy fragrance, 14 percent said good skin and 10 percent said great hair.

5. Studies show that before a man even speaks a word, the way he stands (whether he is slouching or not) counts for over 80 percent of a woman’s first impression. Good posture always seems to be attractive.

6. When a man first approaches a woman, she will base 55 percent of her initial impression of him on his appearance and body language, 38 percent on his style of speaking and seven percent on what he actually says. Even if you speak gibberish, men, make sure you act confident and articulate your gibberish well.

7. If a woman is interested in her date, she will often smile at his jokes, play with her hair, fidget with an object such as a glass, blush when he pays her a compliment, pout or pucker her mouth, stumble over words, or lean in towards him. Things to look for.

8. Studies show that schools, colleges, coffee shops and malls are all excellent places to flirt because people are more open to meeting others in these places. Poor locations are restaurants and movie theaters.

9. Best place for your first date? Perhaps free-falling through the sky. Choosing exciting places for a first date increases the chances of the other person falling for you. There is a definitive link between danger and physical or romantic attraction.

10. boasts that 236 of its members marry each day, accounting for two percent of U.S. marriages. But how many of them last is the real question. I suppose that’s something only the individuals know — and perhaps the U.S. government.

Emily Park

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