It’s almost Valentine’s Day! How likely are you to use or receive an eggplant emoji in a message via phone or social media? According to dating service Match, the answer might be disappointing, surprising and technically unprintable. See if you can suss it out.
What’s the best way to unzip this? In a news release for their 7th annual “Singles In America” survey, Match revealed that Austin is the No. 1 city for a certain kind of photo. Think Brett Favre. Think Kanye West. Think rhyming. Did I mention the eggplant? The dating service says that Austin is the top city for men sending images of the amateur smut variety, and also the city where “women are least likely to hate” such pictures.
Good talk, guys.
Match also included plenty of other dating statistics for the capital of Texas that don’t require euphemistic gymnastics. Among the Austin-centric highlights to ponder over your overpriced romantic oysters this week:
• Biggest turn-ons include your date being an entrepreneur, working for a startup and not liking to use social media. Self-parody is sexy.
• Biggest turn-offs include your date complaining on Facebook (sorry, readers), undergoing lots of job changes and taking selfies (eggplant variety presumably not included).
• The most popular place to flirt is the grocery store, but the most successful place to flirt is the gym. Bad news for people who feel their sexiest standing next to uncooked chicken cutlets. Good news for people who don’t look like uncooked chicken cutlets when they work out.
The study, according to the news release, looked at the dating habits of more than 5,000 U.S. singles from the ages of 18 to 70, including all ethnicities and sexual orientations. On that note: The statistics included seemed rather heteronormative to me, but maybe your take on the “most common things men think when women offer to split the bill” is not to spray Topo Chico on your screen while reflexily screaming “SMASH THE PATRIARCHY.”