breaking news

NFL owners adopt new policy to address anthem protests

Study: Austin men are ‘the worst-behaved singles in America’


Just in time for Valentine’s Day, some cheerful news: men in Austin are the worst.

Hey, Match.com said it, not us.

According to the dating website’s annual “Singles in America” study, the worst-behaved singles in the country live right here in Austin (disclaimer: Match didn’t say how they conducted the study -- we’ve reached out to them for more information -- so take this with a grain of salt). 

According to the study, men in Austin are 400 percent more likely to breadcrumb a date, 549 percent more likely to ghost somebody and 297 percent more likely to come back as a zombie.

RELATEDFree tonight? This new app will find you same-day dates at your favorite Austin restaurants

A quick glossary: “Breadcrumbing” means to lead somebody on even if you aren’t interested in dating them by dropping little breadcrumbs to keep them just interested enough. “Ghosting” means a person has completely stopped talking to a person they’re dating, usually by not texting them back. Being a “zombie” means the person who ghosted you has emerged from the grave (usually by hitting you up on social media or via text after weeks or months of not hearing from them).

Sixty-five percent of single people in Austin have admitted to breadcrumbing somebody, 75 percent have admitted to ghosting somebody and 59 percent have admitted to coming back as a zombie.

RELATED‘Goodbye forever, Michael’: Austin-based dating app Bumble bans user for criticizing woman’s appearance

Here’s the thing, though: according to the study, if you’ve been ghosted, zombie’d or breadcrumbed, you’re 64 percent more likely to find a sexual partner this year, and you’re 124 percent more likely to go on a date than other singles. There’s always a silver lining, folks.

Where are all the good men, then? According to the study, men in El Paso are least likely to breadcrumb a date, and men in Seattle are least likely to ghost a date. If you don’t want to be visited by a zombie, head to Fort Worth. 

May the odds be ever in your favor.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Austin360

Austin360 On The Record: Patricia Vonne, Brownout, more
Austin360 On The Record: Patricia Vonne, Brownout, more

Patricia Vonne celebrates the release of her new album on Saturday at the Continental Club. Contributed/Mark Guerra OUT THIS WEEK Patricia Vonne, “Top of the Mountain” (Bandolera). The seventh album from the Austin-based native of San Antonio draws upon the full range of her artistic ambitions and musical inclinations. A strong...
Get the blues while it’s hot: July brings the Antone’s anniversary bash
Get the blues while it’s hot: July brings the Antone’s anniversary bash

Miss Lavelle White celebrates her 89th birthday as part of the monthlong Antone’s anniversary celebration in July. TAMIR KALIFA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN Summer’s almost here, and that means just one thing at Austin’s home of the blues: A monthlong blowout bash to celebrate the storied venue’s anniversary...
Donald Glover, king of the world: Why we hope to one day see ‘Lando: A Star Wars Story’
Donald Glover, king of the world: Why we hope to one day see ‘Lando: A Star Wars Story’

In October 2016, Starwars.com confirmed what had been rumored: Donald Glover had been hired to play a young Lando Calrissian in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” At the time, Glover was best know as a comedy writer on “30 Rock,” a strong actor on the sitcom “Community,” a good-not-great stand-up comic, and a musical...
Spend your summer trying Austin’s best watering holes with Austin360’s Boozery Bingo
Spend your summer trying Austin’s best watering holes with Austin360’s Boozery Bingo

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, which marks the unofficial start of summer. We’ve already given you some ideas for fun things to do this summer: concerts, outdoor fun, movies (and more movies), travel ... but how about some local watering holes (no, not that kind)? We just updated the Austin360 Boozery Guide, which is chock full of breweries...
South Austin hangout Radio Coffee & Beer now has an extra reason for you to visit: cocktails
South Austin hangout Radio Coffee & Beer now has an extra reason for you to visit: cocktails

At Radio Coffee and Beer in South Austin, you can get a little bit of everything: all manner of coffee drinks, draft beers, live music, and tacos or breakfast items from the two on-site food trucks, Veracruz All-Natural and Paperboy.  Until recently, however, one thing was missing from the menu — cocktails.  The coffee shop owned...
More Stories