20 "Ick" Traits To Avoid In A Relationship

  • “The ick”, much discussed on TikTok and Instagram lately, is where attraction to a current or potential partner is suddenly flipped to a feeling of disgust.

    These qualities can be absolute deal-breakers in some relationships.

    For example, do you clap when the plane lands when you’re on a flight? Your relationship may be doomed.

    survey found that 65% of respondents say they have ended a relationship because of an ‘ick’ trait their partner had. One of those ick traits? Clapping when the plane lands.

    Here are some other things that give adults the “ick”:
    Bad hygiene/bad breath
  • Being a know-it-all 
  • Being rude to servers
  • A messy living space 
  • Dirty fingernails/long fingernails
  • Being too clingy 
  • Bad teeth
  • Talking too loudly 
  • Chewing/talking with their mouth open
  • Oversharing on social media 
  • Still living at home
  • Not wearing socks with shoes 
  • Speaking in a baby voice
  • Breathing heavily 
  • A bad tattoo
  • Wearing too much makeup 
  • Referring to their sports team as “we”
  • Wearing wrinkly clothes 
  • Wearing socks to bed

As I read this list, I realized I'm guilty of a few of these. How about you?

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