Special to the Journal
When it comes to meeting that special someone, many factors come together to
make that perfect match. Physical attraction, common interests and a shared sense
of humor are all regularly cited as important qualities in the perfect mate, but what
about an attractive accent?
Your date’s accent may not seem like a vital detail – especially when meeting
someone online – but your subconscious reaction when they speak could make or
break a relationship.
With a continent as large and diverse as North America, it’s not surprising that
accents are many and varied. From the lilting twang of the South, to the short and
snappy speech of New Yorkers, the way North Americans speak is as much a melting
pot of different styles and influences as the food and music.
The vast variety means that here in North America there really is something for
everyone. But with choice comes preference, and although you may not think about
it often, everyone has their own vocal likes and dislikes. But which accents make us
weak at the knees….and which are a turn off?
Well thanks to a recent survey of over 2,000 men and women by dating site
Cupid.com we finally have the answer! The Southern accent, as spoken by the
good people of The Peach State, was voted in first place as the most attractive of all!
(Rank, total and m/f split)
1st Southern – 36.5% (45/28)
2nd New York –16.5% (10/23)
3rd Western – 13 % (16/10)
4th New England – 10.5% (8/13)
5th New Jersey –7% (4/10)
6th Canadian –7% (3/11)
7th Midwestern – 5.5% (8/3)
8th Mid-Atlantic – 4% (5/3)