If you're looking for love in Chicago, you've probably had your fair share of horror stories. Dating is a messy game no matter where you live, fraught with superficial misconceptions and muffled sobs in restaurant bathrooms. Trust us, we feel your pain. In an effort to help hapless lovers everywhere, Time Out conducted a Global Dating Survey and gathered information from people all over the world.
We're going to focus in on the fascinating data submitted by Chicagoans. Some of the conclusions seemed obvious—men prefer quick Tinder hook-ups, women would rather get to know someone on OkCupid—but other findings suprised us. Apparently, most women decide whether they'll go on a second date with a suitor rather quickly.
Take a look at our findings, take them to heart and remember: It might seem rough out there, but we're all just trying to not die alone. Scroll to the bottom to see how Chicago's scene stacks up against the rest of the world.
Who thinks dating in Chicago is difficult?
Who thinks dating in Chicago is easy?
Percentage of men who described Chicago's dating scene as "a fertile orchard"
Percentage of women who described Chicago's dating scene as "a warzone"
Percentage of men who perceive dating as "a woman pursuing a man"
Percentage of women who perceive dating as "a man pursuing a woman"
Who thinks men should make the first move?
How do men and women rate the average dateability of the opposite sex in Chicago?
Who uses pick-up lines?
The most popular dating apps and websites
These people know they want a second date within 2-3 minutes of the first date
The biggest deal-breakers on a first date
What do you find attractive on a first date?
These people prefer "moderate-booze-buzz" dates
Who researches their dates?
Who thinks that first date sex is "occasionally permissible, if it feels right"?
Average number of dates after which it's acceptable to suggest sex
Average number of dates after which you should stop seeing other people
Who has been on a date with a co-worker?
What accents do you prefer?
What percentage of dates end in "fuckbuddyhood"?
What percentage of dates end in a serious relationship?
Overall dating scene score