9 Surprising Facts About Dating In America

Women are having better sex than men, and iPad users have a lot of one-night stands, according to Match.com’s yearly survey of single people across the country.

1. People are very concerned with teeth.

Teeth were one of the top traits people reported judging a potential partner on, according to survey results released today. Fifty-eight percent of men said teeth were crucial; 71% of women said the same. Match was so impressed with this finding that they made the above video to illustrate it.

2. iPad users are the biggest players.

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Forty-five percent of iPad users had a one-night stand in 2012, compared with 29% of e-reader owners and 24% of those who had traditional (non-smart) cell phones. It’s unclear if people with all types of gadgets got the most action of all.

3. Women are having better sex than men.

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Or at least, single women are more likely to be sexually satisfied. Forty-nine percent said they were happy with their sex lives, compared with 44% of single men.

4. Guys really want to meet your parents.

An oddly high percentage — 48% — said they’d want to meet a partner’s parents before becoming exclusive. Thirty-five percent of women said the same. No word on whether it’s awkward to introduce someone to your mom and dad as your possibly soon significant other.

5. Daters fear debt.

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Fifty-four percent said they wouldn’t date someone with more than $5,000 in credit card debt.

6. Friends with benefits are becoming more.

In 2012, 44% of single people said they’d had a friends-with-benefits arrangement turn into a more traditional relationship. That’s up from just 20% in 2011.

7. Marriage doesn’t make you a prude.

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Seventy-six percent of married people said they thought about sex once a week or more, compared with 72% of single people. The difference was even bigger for women — 65% of married women said they thought about it one or more times per week, while only 56% of single women said the same.

8. Sexts are far from private.

Twenty-three percent of single people have shared a sexy text or photo they received with someone else. Of those, 42% of men and 28% of women shared it with three or more people.

9. Your date could be secretly frisking you.

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Twenty-two percent of single women said they secretly searched their date’s pockets, drawers, or closets. Women over 30 headed straight for the medicine cabinet — 44% of single women in their thirties and 38% of those in their forties said they’d snooped around for incriminating prescriptions.

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