Did the date stink or was it you? Hygiene a big deal breaker

Personal hygiene is the biggest deal breaker in the dating world.
Personal hygiene is the biggest deal breaker in the dating world. Agency

WHEN deciding whether to continue dating someone, the most important deal-breaker identified by single Australians is bad hygiene.

The RSVP Date of the Nation Report 2013 shows that 40% of Australians singles are not prepared to look past a date's standards of personal hygiene if they are not up to scratch.

"The research confirms that personal hygiene when dating is critical if you want to continue seeing someone," RSVP spokeswoman Jayne Andrews said.

"Smell is an essential part of attraction.

"To improve your chances of dating success, one of the most important and simplest things you can do is arrive well groomed and smelling good."

Respondents identified body odour, bad breath and dirty hair as the three most offensive elements of bad personal hygiene.

"The message to singles is clear - if you're having trouble securing a second date, perhaps it's time to clean up your act," said Ms Andrews.

"Give yourself the best chance by throwing on a clean shirt, making sure your hair is clean and avoiding pungent foods in the hours leading up to the date."

Now in its fourth year, the RSVP Date of the Nation Report 2013 surveyed more than 3,500 Australians and results are weighted to the population.

RSVP is Australia's leading online dating site.

Over its 16 years history, RSVP has helped more than four million Australians meet other singles for romance, relationships and friendship.

Every day, more than 1,000 new members sign up and over 60,000 Kisses are sent between members.

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