Stephen: Majority of people see annoying eating habits as a relationship deal-breaker

Published on September 27th, 2021 @ 3:19 PM


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Annoying eating habits are apparently a bigger dating deal-breaker than you might think, with a new survey finding that three in five people said they’d end a date early or break up with someone if they had an irritating eating habit. In the OnePoll survey of 2,000 Americans, men were nearly twice as likely as women by 42 percent to 25 percent to end a date or relationship because of bad eating habits, but were also more likely to admit to having the same bad habits themselves.

So what habits are most annoying? Of those surveyed, 68 percent named talking with your mouth full, chewing loudly was named by 64 percent, and 63 percent said chewing with your mouth open. What justifies ending a first date early? There were 52 percent who said slurping food, 49 percent who said dropping food on the floor and then eating it, and 42 percent said chewing with your mouth open. There was a difference by age groups, with Millennials being the most likely to say they’d politely ask the other person to stop and also most likely to end a date or relationship over an annoying eating habit, while Gen Z respondents were most likely to say they’d ignore a food habit that annoyed them.

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