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END OF THE KNIGHT: Three quarters of British women believe ‘chivalry is dead in modern relationships’, a study reveals

  • Shockingly, 27 per cent believe equality has killed romance, with a quarter of respondents blaming dating apps for the demise of date etiquette and 13 per cent blaming pornography

A NATIONWIDE study has revealed as many as 76 per cent of females believe chivalry is a thing of the past, with modern men failing to show respect and common courtesy to their female counterparts.

In fact, a third of the women who took part in the survey claim this generation of men no longer open doors or pull out chairs for their partners.

A further 30 per cent insist men no longer send flowers, while the same number say most men would not even offer them their jacket if it was cold outside.

But this is despite the fact almost half of women still wish to be swept off their feet from time to time, believing there is nothing wrong with a bit of old-fashioned romance.

According to the survey of almost 2,000 single Brits by The Midland Hotel, almost a third (31 per cent) of females still believe a man should take charge on a date.

Yet 16 perc ent complain there are no gentlemen left in the dating pool anymore.

Shockingly, 27 per cent believe equality has killed romance, with a quarter (26 per cent) of respondents blaming dating apps for the demise of date etiquette, and 13 per cent blaming pornography.

However, most females (46 per cent) attributed the death of romance to the casual nature of modern relationships.

The findings also revealed that despite the growing popularity of digital dating, more than two-thirds (64 per cent) of both sexes prefer meeting someone through a friend, while 34 per cent think it is best to find someone through work.

In fact, just one in five believe that online dating is the route to true love.

Time-poor daters also don’t spend much time deciding if they like someone, with an average of 34 minutes spent making their mind up.

However, according to the data, the over 60s are even quicker, needing only 25 minutes to decide if they like their suitor.

And it seems that we are our own worst enemies, with almost half of respondents (47 per cent) choosing their own nerves as the toughest thing about dating.

More than a fifth (21 per cent) said the worst thing to happen on a first date was for their partner to talk about their ex during the evening and almost as many (19 per cent) added that the biggest faux pas is to continually check your phone.

Daters still like a traditional night out and a restaurant remains the number one venue, with 65 per cent of respondents saying it is the best location for a first date.

Jens Hallman, General Manager of The Midland Hotel, said: “In our long history, The Midland has hosted countless dates, romances and weddings. Whether it’s a casual cocktail, a delicious meal or a relaxing afternoon in our spa, we’re excited to welcome couples to The Midland this Valentine’s Day.”

On average men and women both expect to receive six compliments during the course of the evening, according to the poll.