Let’s Discuss Ticks: Exploring Arbitrary Flip-Ons Past The Ick

What’s a random factor that turns you on? (Image: Getty)

We love speaking a few good ick – the weirder, the higher.

The ick, aka the second when any spark or sexual attraction dies to the purpose of close to – if not whole – revulsion, is a robust factor.

Now we need to chat concerning the reverse of the ick, which we’re lovingly calling the tick.

No, not just like the bug – we’re speaking these pretty, horny little verify marks. They’re the little issues somebody you’re courting does that makes you crush on them even more durable.

Have you ever ever checked out somebody doing one thing that appears completely innocuous like tying their shoelaces or selecting out their match for the day, and for some purpose, felt a robust sexual attraction to them and the best way they do it?

That’s a tick.

In contrast to inexperienced flags, that are basically proof and/or experience-based indicators that the particular person you’re courting is a keeper, ticks are extra about that horny, anti-ick feeling.

Just like the ick, ticks haven’t any logic – they only are. And, it may be completely, completely random. For instance, in line with Match, writing phrases in full reasonably than utilizing abbreviations and acronyms, is a ‘tick’ for 33% of daters.

‘At first look, ‘ticks’ may appear utterly illogical,’ says Counselling Listing member Georgina Sturmer. ‘Are you able to be interested in somebody for an arbitrary purpose, like the best way they eat a bowl of pasta?  

Young Couple Smiling at Each Other

It might be one thing so simple as the best way they placed on their make-up (Image: Getty Pictures/Refinery29 RF)

Folks share after they felt the tick

We requested individuals on social media to share their ticks, and they didn’t disappoint…


‘Males who speak to canines like they’re people.’


‘When somebody laughs so onerous he will get tears in his eyes. One thing about letting himself get carried away by optimistic emotions.’


‘Whispering in your ear in a gaggle setting.’


‘So random however the best way they gently nudge their glasses up their nostril.’

‘I’d argue that it’s not the “ticks” themselves which can be significant, nevertheless it’s what they inform us about how we really feel about another person.’

So there’s an opportunity ticks may really not be that random in spite of everything.

Gerogina says: ‘Ask your self: if another person did this in the very same means, would I expertise the identical response? 

‘It’s seemingly that your response is tied into how you’re feeling concerning the different particular person.’

Dr Caroline West, Bumble’s Intercourse and Relationships Knowledgeable, tells us cute hobbies may also give us large tick power: ‘Most courting ticks are very private to the person, however some are impressed by well-liked tradition or influential figures and due to this fact have a lot wider attraction.

‘In reality, Bumble’s latest analysis discovered that area of interest “hipster hobbies” have gotten a turn-on for a lot of. Notably, a viral TikTok star just lately charmed the nation together with his love of locomotives, resulting in a 3rd (32%) of Gen Z extra prepared so far a trainspotter than earlier than.’

No matter the place our ticks come from, Georgina says it’s a good suggestion to recollect any ticks you felt in your accomplice by means of the years.

‘As time goes on,’ she explains, ‘it’s widespread for relationships to ebb and movement.  If the preliminary glow has worn off, it may be useful to remind ourselves concerning the ticks that we used to seek out engaging in our accomplice.  Maybe you’ve forgotten to note the issues that used to make you’re feeling drawn to your accomplice.  

‘Or maybe you continue to discover the ticks, however they’ve a unique influence on you.  Issues that used to make you smile may make you’re feeling irritated, indignant, or pissed off. 

‘They could even grow to be weaponised, serving as a means so that you can criticise the opposite particular person. These responses will help you to verify in on the way you’re feeling concerning the different particular person, and about your relationship.’

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