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“DOING A DOWNTON?”

New research from PARSHIP reveals that singles demand good manners, fidelity and longer courtship when it comes to love.

“DOING A DOWNTON?”

As once again we sit glued to the love trials of Lady Edith and co, research from PARSHIP, Europe’s largest matchmaking website shows that we are now approaching dating with more old-fashioned ideals. Have Anna and Bates re-awakened our need for old-fashioned values and a long-game approach to courtship?

More than any other trait, 59% of Irish Singletons now rate bad manners the worst possible faux pas on a first date and consider honesty (81.8%) and fidelity (60.1%) among the most attractive qualities their dream partner.

PARSHIP research also found that:

We want quality over a quick fix: Nearly half (42.2%) of Irish daters opt for online courtship, not to speed up the partnership process but to allow them to ‘be selective’ about potential dates

We want to be wooed: After years of being told that assertive, proactive dating is the way to go, almost half of all Irish singletons (47.5%) still want the other party to ‘make the first move’ in a dating scenario.

Recession be damned: just like Lady Sybil and Branson her Chauffeur lover, less than a quarter (10.2%) of Irish love-seekers cite being financially well-off a necessary quality in their perfect partner, placing it well under humour (64.7%), a positive attitude (40.4%) and a good education (28.6%)

Family first: a sense of family in a dream partner is still a powerful draw for nearly a third (23.8%) of Irish participants

This new research from PARSHIP, also reveals a surprising, more traditional ‘reserved’ slant to online dating. Nearly half of Irish singletons aren’t using their laptops to speed up the courtship process but to allow them to gradually build up contact. 45.8% see this as the key advantage of online dating over the more classic ways of meeting a partner.

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