05 10 / 2012
In dating, job interviews, networking, or any other kind of early relationship building, first impressions are extremely important. However, different people notice different things during those initial influential moments of first meeting someone. To find out more about first impressions, we asked our users, “What is the first thing you notice when meeting someone new?” and here are the responses.
Based on any relationship status, smile and eyes were the overall most noted specific appearance details, followed by clothes and hair. Overall, personality was noticed first, except for men who were in dating relationships; they were most likely to be drawn to eyes or eye contact. Women who were in committed relationships were almost equally noticing personality or a person’s smile.
A surprisingly small handful of people acknowledged checking out “the goods,” such as a woman’s breasts or a guy’s crotch upon first meeting them; but amongst those who admitted doing it, men in committed relationships and men under 32 were the most likely.
Based on age (below) women noticed eyes and eye contact increasingly more as they got older. Men 33 to 40 were the most likely amongst male age groups to notice clothing, whereas women noticed clothing most when they were 18 to 24 years old. Hands and handshakes were also most likely to be noticed by men or women over the age of 41.
Overall, confidence was the most frequently noted specific personality detail, with men noticing it first more often than women. Other interesting specific personality details people noticed first included:
- Level of cockiness
- Level of sincerity
- If that person is judging them