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Smart is Sexy - 60% of Irish people prefer to date a book lover

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Published 09/09/2015 | 11:31

Man reading book to woman
Man reading book to woman

Did you know reading more books can score you a date?

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Two thirds of the 1,700 people surveyed in the study said they prefer to date avid readers.

However,  before singles pick up just anything for their train journey read, they need to take a minute to plan – for not all books are created equal and, in fact, it’s what you read that makes you attractive.

Research from dating site EliteSingles revealed:

* 60 percent of singles would prefer to date a book lover.

* Men are most attracted to women who read erotica.

* Women prefer men who read thrillers.

* 87 percent of Irish are avid readers themselves.

Putting the lover back in book lover, the survey revealed that men’s heads are most easily turned by women who read erotica: in fact, for 1 in 5 men, erotica readers are as sexy as it gets.

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In other words, if you’re a woman wanting to meet a man on your next commute or beach vacation, it might be time to put down the paper and pick up 50 Shades of Grey.

However, single men looking to make eyes at the woman on the next table should take a different route.

Jenny Nolan, stocks the shelfs with E.L. James’ new Grey; Fifty Shades of Grey book at Easons in O'Connell St, Dublin
Jenny Nolan, stocks the shelfs with E.L. James’ new Grey; Fifty Shades of Grey book at Easons in O'Connell St, Dublin

Women were not fans of erotica: just 6 percent said they found men who read it attractive. Instead they prefer men of mystery, with 19 percent picking thrillers as the sexiest genre a man can read.

EliteSingles psychologist Salama Marine says that singles love those who love books because ‘’people look for those who have interesting hobbies – and reading is one of them. Why? Because a great book leads to great discussions.’’

No matter what the reason, though, one thing is clear. To get in someone’s good books, you must first pick up a good book!

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