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Is that a snake or are you just pleased to see me?

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Written by . Published on December 9th 2011.


Is that a snake or are you just pleased to see me?

'The dating advantage of owning a hamster or guinea-pig compared to, for example, cats or dogs, is significant – particularly so for women'

So it says in the following scientific study, which doesn't mention Richard Gere anywhere.

Yes it's another PR puff folks.... please don't knock us off your lists, you London media people. It brightens our day.


News Release – Friday, 9 December 2012 – For Immediate Release

Warning: owning a pet could damage your love life but hamsters, guinea-pigs are safest choice: YouGov poll

OutOutOwning a pet could damage your love life, according to a poll of British singletons, which finds that owning a spider risks hurting it most of all – even more than keeping a snake, rat or ferret.

Hamsters or guinea-pigs, on the other hand, are the pets likely to do least harm to your dating prospects, according to the online poll of 513 single Britons conducted by YouGov for craigslist, the free classified ads site popular for online dating. 

Parrots, however squawky, are the next best bet.

The dating advantage of owning a hamster or guinea-pig compared to, for example, cats or dogs, is significant – particularly so for women. 

So, almost three times as many men (28%), would “feel less inclined to date” someone who they discovered was a dog-owner as the number (10%) who would feel the same about a hamster- or guinea-pig-owner. One in four men (25%) would feel likewise about a cat-owner. 

InInSingletons of both sexes should most avoid owning a spider, snake or rat, finds the poll – but men will hurt their prospects even more than women by doing so. 

 Over half of single women (53%) would “feel less inclined to date” someone who they discovered owned a spider. Almost as many women would cool at the thought of dating someone who they learnt owned a snake (46%), a rat (44%) or even a ferret (34%).

Men held similar attitudes towards the owners of such pets but in smaller numbers. 

The findings are clear, says Jim Buckmaster, CEO of craigslist. “Spiders are a turn-off, especially for women. Those who want to own a pet but avoid deterring potential dates should opt for a hamster or guinea-pig.”

Giz a kissGiz a kissThe responses of men women differed proportionately most when it came to mice. Almost one in three single women (30%) would feel less inclined to date someone who they learnt owned one or more mice, while only one in five single men (20%) felt the same.

Respondents chose from a list of pets and were asked to predict whether they would feel less inclined to date the owner of each kind.

KEY FINDINGS:

Singletons of both sexes should most avoid owning a spider, snake or rat – but men should avoid doing so more than women.

Girls seldom make passes at men (or women) who own spiders: Over half (53%) of single women would feel less inclined to date someone who they learnt owned a spider

Hamsters and guinea-pigs are the pets likely to do least damage to someone’s dating prospects.

 

Q. Imagine if you discovered that someone you were thinking of dating/ going on a date with owned one of the following kinds of pets...Which, if any, of these pets would make you feel LESS inclined to date the person in question? (Please tick all that apply.)

 

All Men Women

Dog(s)

23%

28%

19%

Cat(s)

21%

25%

17%

Mice/ a mouse

25%

20%

30%

Hamster or Guinea pig(s)

11%

10%

13%

Rat(s)

40%

37%

44%

Parrot(s)

16%

13%

18%

Ferret(s)

31%

29%

34%

Snake(s)

41%

36%

46%

Lizard(s)

29%

27%

31%

Spider

47%

41%

53%

Other

3%

3%

2%

Not applicable - no pets would make me less inclined to date someone

32%

36%

28%

Don't know

5%

5%

5%

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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Jeremy clarksonDecember 9th 2011.

They should all be shot in front of their families

AnonymousDecember 9th 2011.

Who? Snakes?

Margaret WoodDecember 9th 2011.

A few months ago, I went for drinks with a guy a lawyer..gorgeous looking, well dressed, he said he had someone he wanted me to meet,,,we went for dinner soon after and he said I needed to meet this someone as he was a major part of his life, errr okay I says, Hes staying at his apartment,,,err okay I says...we get there and the guy owns a monkey,,,not just a monkey a monkey with a fucking nappy on.

And so an hour of being stared out by a spidar monkey who was litterally ready to rip my tots off and a full blown account of how said monkey had become like a baby to him and any woman in his life would have to become a mother to the monkey. Honest to god it was like being in an episode of FRIENDS, needless to say date number 3 didnt happen,,,we both couldnt get baby sitters! x

Margaret WoodDecember 9th 2011.

Then there was the one who brought his nan on the date are particually memorable,,or the guy who waited until our 3rd date to tell me he was seriously ill and would i care for him!

1 Response: Reply To This...
EditorialDecember 9th 2011.

Would you like to write a regular column for us Margaret?

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