Want to impress a UK-based gay man? Being bilingual, or having an Irish, Australian, or Russian accent definitely helps!
A new study of 6,000 single people of multiple sexualities has produced illuminating results.
It found that 96% of UK-based respondents would rather date someone who speaks more than one language than date someone with a gym-honed body.
The figure falls to 93% for UK-based gay and bi women. It then jumps to 99% for UK-based gay and bi men.
54% of UK-based respondents also said they can speak more than one language.
Among UK-based respondents overall, Italian (64%) was the clear language winner, followed by French (62%), and Spanish (46%). In terms of accents, the most attractive accent to UK-based ears is French (47%). This is followed by Italian (45%), then Irish (32%).
For gay men in the UK, these numbers are quite different. In terms of attractive languages, French and Italian vied for first place, both getting a 60% approval rating. No other languages even came close, said a spokesperson.
Accent wise, gay or bi men in the UK also went against the grain. 80% picked Irish as the hottest accent of them all. This was followed by Australian and Russian, both on 40%
Comparatively for gay and bi women, the most attractive language to speak is Italian. A huge 73% picked it as their number one. This is followed by French (60%) and Spanish (40%). The most popular accents are French (53%), followed by Italian (40%) and Irish (33%).
‘Being able to communicate is fundamental to human interaction’
Babbel spokesperson Matt Horsburgh told Gay Star News: ‘One of our core values at Babbel is that diversity makes us stronger. We live that not just by having a diverse workforce, but a very diverse user base too.
‘From our partnership with EliteSingles, we saw that personality is even more important than looks amongst the LGBTQ+ population in the UK. 86% of gay/bisexual men and 71% of gay/bisexual women chose personality as the number one characteristic in a partner, compared to the national average of 54%.
‘We also saw that gay/bisexual men in the UK are especially are the most worldly when it comes down to choosing a date. Some 80% have dated someone with another mother tongue, compared to 59% across the UK [and 47% for gay and bi women].’
‘As a gay man myself, I’m particularly proud to present some data that contradicts the stereotype of the superficial LGBTQ+ community.’
EliteSingles spokesperson Michael Middleton, who also identifies as a gay man, also told Gay Star News: ‘The stereotype of the body image-centric gay man is – finally – officially quashed. In attractiveness stakes, language learning wins out against 6-packs, so I know how I’ll be spending my 2018! Is there still time to cancel my gym membership?’