15/01/2014 05:13 GMT | Updated 16/03/2014 05:59 GMT

Most Desirable Singles of 2014: Why the Numbers Don't Add Up

Are you the most desirable single of 2014?

Last week PlentyOfFish released a US survey revealing ‘the most desirable singles of 2014’ and they left us with a less than desirable outlook of finding love online. In fact, the data depicts an image that leaves us wondering if our only hope of finding love is in an episode of Grey's Autonomy. That's right. 

It looks like the bad boys of yesteryear are being ditched in favour of sensible settlers with a hefty wallet.

The Ideal Man of 2014:

  • Christian
  • Doctorate Degree
  • Wants a Relationship
  • Makes between $100,000 and $150,000
  • Brown Hair
  • Athletic build

Ladies, it's time to renew that library card that expired back in the 90's and head down to your local boozer! By the sounds of things, men are seeking the perfect pub-quiz companion: an educated woman who enjoys a drink. Or as The Date Report puts it: “a Skinny 25 Year-Old Drunk Dog Owner Who Goes toChurch. 

The Ideal Woman of 2014:

  • Catholic
  • Thin
  • 25 years old
  • Post secondary degree
  • Dog Owner
  • Has been in a relationship for at least 3 years but not longer than 8 years
  • Drinks Often or Socially

Don’t be getting too snap happy with your canine companion, as Zoosk reckons that selfies with your pooch can slice your popularity in half!

So, what can we really conclude from these results other than feeling a little uninspired and hopelessly cornered by the superficial confinements of this data? One thing's for sure: it doesn't help us understand the importance of being ourselves

The chances of meeting a 25year old church-loving skinny alcoholic are pretty slim. Luckily, that leaves millions of the majority for the rest of us to meet. Sure, the grounded hunky doctor with a generous pay check sounds like a dream, but will he laugh at your jokes or share your love of lazy Sunday mornings?

Understanding how to manage your expectations and meeting people you share affinity with will make for a more successful relationship. 

You never know, the averagely built guy who earns £45k and doesn't have a degree could turn out to be the one for you, so why not explore your compatibility criteria and focus on what really matters. Forget popularity contests, it's about finding the right person for you.

To read the full survey, click here