Poll reveals the most common relationship 'icks'

Long or dirty fingernails, a baby voice and clapping when the plane lands: Poll reveals the most common relationship ‘icks’

  • The ‘ick’ is when something specific suddenly stops your attraction to someone
  • A poll found that 42% of British adults have ended a relationship because of it 
  • The most common ones include smelling bad, double texting and being rude 

Long or dirty fingernails, putting on a baby voice or clapping when the plane lands are among the most common relationship ‘icks’, a survey has revealed.

‘The ick’ is a dating term that describes being suddenly put off someone you were attracted to, usually because of something small or specific.

A new poll of 2,000 British adults has found nearly half (49 per cent) have ended a relationship because of an ick, which range from someone being rude to a waiter to pronouncing David Bowie’s name wrong.

Long or dirty fingernails, putting on a baby voice or clapping when the plane lands are among the most common relationship ‘icks’, a survey has revealed

Smelling bad was the top ick, selected by 16 per cent of those surveyed. This was followed by pretending to be more knowledgeable about something than they really are or being overbearing or rude (both 15 per cent).

Double texting – sending a second text to someone if they’ve not responded to the first – came in fifth.


1. Smelling bad

2. Pretending to be more knowledgeable about something than they actually are

3. Being overbearing and rude

4. Double texting (sending a secondary text if you’ve not responded after the first one)

5. Having bad teeth

6. Being rude to a waiter

7. Living in a mess

8. Having dirty fingernails

9. Chewing with their mouth open

10. Being too clingy

11. Talking too loud

12. Eating and talking at the same time

13. Being obsessed with their star signs

14. Having long fingernails

15. Putting on a baby voice

16. Wearing too much makeup

17. Breathing heavily

18. Oversharing on social media

19. Referring to themselves in third person

20. Having a bad tattoo

21. Wearing a weird coloured lipstick

22. Having shoes that are too dirty

23. Having an Instagram account for their pet

24. Referring to their football team as ‘we’

25. Clapping when a plane lands

An eighth (12 per cent) have called it quits with a romantic interest because they were obsessed with star signs, while 11 per cent have ended it with someone who clapped when a plane landed.

A tenth of men would break it off with someone who wanted to share food on a first date, while 12 per cent of women find a brash watch an ‘ick’ and 14 per cent judge someone for referring to their football team as ‘we’.

The study was commissioned by dating site Seeking.

Spokesman and in-house dating expert Emma Hathorn said: ‘People are very set on what they want, which is empowering.

‘Online dating has opened up a whole new world of singles which means people can afford to have higher standards.

‘And if an absolute deal-breaker for you is someone who never wears sunglasses indoors or chews with their mouth open, that’s absolutely fair enough.’

Two thirds (67 per cent) describe themselves at least somewhat picky when it comes to finding a partner, with 22 per cent being ‘very picky’.

And 61 per cent believe they deserve the best and try to raise their standards when looking for a partner.

However, 15 per cent believe there is no such thing as being too picky when out on the dating scene, according to the OnePoll figures.

Nearly four in 10 (35 per cent) believe their dating standards have increased as they aged, with those 65 and above most likely to feel this way.

Ms Hathorn added: ‘The current trend in dating at the moment is ‘dating up’ – finding someone who can better and elevate their own lifestyle.

‘So, the goal for all singletons is to not only be someone who can help someone else ‘date up’ – but find someone who can elevate themselves at the same time.

‘As with all things in life, it’s about finding that exact balance that works for you and this can be tricky if you are totally inflexible in who you date.

‘Keeping an open mind is key and you may find someone who elevates your life in every way possible – even if they wear terrible shoes.’

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