Rich People are More Likely to Discuss Past Relationships On a First Date

C. Price

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C. Price

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For many people, one of the biggest taboos when out on a first date is discussing past relationships.
While most people try to avoid such topics, some groups seem to be less bothered by the practice.
In a recent DatingAdvice.com study, wealthier Americans proved most likely to approve of talking about breakups and exes on a first date.
Those earning between $100,000 and $124,999 a year were 44 percent more likely to do so than those earning less than $25,000 annually.
With 41 percent answering in the affirmative, gay respondents were also among the most likely demographics to be comfortable with the concept. Just 36 percent of their straight counterparts agreed.

“Those earning between $100,000 and

$124,999 were more likely to do so.”

Younger Americans were among the least likely to discuss past relationships on first dates.

About one in three men and women aged 18 to 24 said they would bring up this topic, while two in five men and women aged 54 to 64 said they would.

Hispanic-Americans also had some of the lowest responses, with just 25 percent saying it’s OK to talk about former partners on the first romantic outing versus 39 percent of Asian-Americans.

The study surveyed 1,080 respondents over the course of three weeks, balancing responses by age, gender, income, race, sexuality and other factors in order to accurately represent the U.S. population. The study has a margin of error of +/- 2.8%.

The Breakdown: Americans Who Think It’s OK to Discuss Past Relationships On First Dates

By gender:

  • Male: 37%
  • Female: 35%

By sexuality:

  • Straight: 36%
  • Gay: 41%

By marital status:

  • Single, Never Married: 34%
  • Married: 36%
  • Divorced: 42%

By age:

  • 18 to 24: 30%
  • 25 to 34: 38%
  • 35 to 44: 37%
  • 45 to 54: 34%
  • 54 to 64: 40%
  • 65 and older: 36%

By race:

  • White: 38%
  • African-American: 38%
  • Hispanic: 25%
  • Asian: 39%

By income:

  • Under $25,000: 32%
  • $25,000 to $49,999: 37%
  • $50,000 to $74,999: 37%
  • $75,000 to $99,999: 42%
  • $100,000 to $124,999: 46%
  • $125,000 or higher: 37%

By region:

  • Northeast: 34%
  • Midwest: 38%
  • South: 35%
  • West: 36%

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