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America's dating scene: By the numbers
A new poll from Oxygen Media suggests that today's singles are tolerant of everything but stinky men and mustachioed women
Of those surveyed, 61 percent said they go to bars to meet potential mates.
Of those surveyed, 61 percent said they go to bars to meet potential mates. Shutterstock
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ome people enjoy dating, meeting new potential love interests, playing the field. For others, the only thing worse than dating is, well, not dating. The reality-TV purveyors at Oxygen Media take aim at both types, and their new survey of the singles scene has a little something for everyone. The poll, conducted online by Research Now, is a promotional tie-in for modern-matchmaker show Find Me My Man, but that doesn't make its findings any less interesting.

The survey suggests a dating scene where people are relying on the internet and alcohol to make a match, and are much more open to different races and religions than personal hygiene shortcomings. If you are currently dating, this is, according to Oxygen, your world. If you are faithfully engaged in a committed relationship, this is what you are missing out on. Here, the numbers:

53
Percentage of single respondents who use online dating services

56
Percentage of respondents who turn to the internet rather than friends for dating advice

40
Percentage of black and Latino respondents who rely on TV shows for dating advice

51
Percentage of respondents who have "friended" a first date on Facebook

23
Percentage of men who said they have personal experience with "catfishing"

33
Percentage of men who admitted to lying on an online dating profile (posting an outdated photo, or lying about looking for a serious relationship, for example)

17
Percentage of women who admitted to lying on an online dating profile

50
Percentage of men who said they're fine with sex on a first date

72
Percentage of men who bring a condom on a first date, just in case

57
Percentage of men who said they'd go on a second date after having sex on the first one

28
Percentage of women who said they'd go on a second date after having sex on the first one

51
Percentage of men who admit to sexting

61
Percentage of singles who go to bars to find their future mates

7
Percentage of married women surveyed who said going to bars is a successful tactic

71
Percentage of married women surveyed who say their single friends are single due to unrealistic expectations

27
Percentage of respondents who admitted to going on a date with someone they knew is married

60
Percentage of men who date the friends of ex-girlfriends, or the ex-girlfriends of friends

87
Percentage of women who won't go on a second date with a man with noticeable body odor

68
Percentage of men who won't go on a second date with women who have hair on their upper lips

32
The "surprising number of men" who are "willing to overlook facial hair when searching for love"

90
Percentage of black and Latino women who say they're fine with ending up with someone of another race

85
Percentage of all white respondents who say they're fine with ending up with someone of another race

80
Percentage of all respondents who say they're fine ending up with someone who practices a different religion

Sources: Oxygen Media, Reuters

Peter Weber is a senior editor at TheWeek.com, and has handled the editorial night shift since 2008. A graduate of Northwestern University, Peter has worked at Facts on File and The New York Times Magazine. He speaks Spanish and Italian, and plays in an Austin rock band.

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