Would You Get Turned On By Virtual Assistants?

Turn Alexa on, and you’ll turn your date on, too.

More than six in 10 singles (61 percent) say that they are turned on by a person who has an Amazon Echo or a Google Home in their house, according to data released this month from Match.com, which surveyed 5,009 US singles between the ages of 18 to 70+.

And it’s not just your smart home speaker that’s getting judged. Having an older smartphone means you are 56 percent less likely to get a date than someone with a newer model, according to Match.com data released last year. And even if you do get a date, you’d better have the right kind of smartphone. iPhone owners are 21 times more likely to judge an Android owner negatively and Android owners 15 times more likely to say “ick” to an iPhone owner.

Oh, and if your phone screen is cracked, you might as well stay home: A 2017 Match.com survey found that 86 percent of women negatively judge a man who carried a smartphone with a broken screen (there was not a corresponding stat for men). And yet 15 percent of people say they’re walking about with a broken screen, according to a survey of 2,400 smartphone users by SquareTrade.

Other tech turnoffs: 68 percent of singles say a person who doesn’t have a computer is a turnoff, 74 percent say that they’d be put off by a date without Internet is, and 78 percent say that someone who steals the neighbors internet isn’t going to make them happy, the Match data found.


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