While dating has changed irreversibly with the advent of new technology, it seems a few stereotypes live on.A survey of 800 singletons looking for love revealed that it pays to be attentive, and avoid pushing too hard, if you want that first date to blossom into something more.Checking your phone constantly is the worst thing a woman can do on a first date, according to a survey of 800 Kiwis by dating website Find Someone.On the flipside, more than half of women found a man suggesting sex on the first date a big no-no.Women rated the importance of a date's finances higher than the men surveyed.For men, a sexual spark rated higher on their checklist, and nursing was the most attractive occupation.
The genders agreed physical attraction, intelligence, a sense-of-humour, kindness and mutual interests were important in a date.It's a lot to think about while you're out to impress, especially when you have a time-limit.Most of the blokes surveyed didn't mind if the woman brought up sex - but bringing up your ex was a big turn-off.And when it came to picking up the bill, only a quarter of women want men to pay the bill, while almost half of women want to split costs.
One of the lucky few to make their internet romance work was Wellington-based New Yorker Will Them who signed up on a whim last January. He said he was initially reluctant to use a dating website because it seemed like shopping for love, but meeting the love of his life changed his perception."I've come to the realisation this is how it is now and there's nothing strange about it."He met Aggie Ciezki, 38, at a cafe on the Wellington waterfront in May 2015.
What was supposed to be a brownie and smoothie turned into a marathon eight-hour date in Wellington."We were both laughing and the conversation was easy. The couple agreed with many of the survey findings.