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Across generations, what are dating dealbreakers?

Jenna Johnson

A guy friended you after just one date. He cried at "The Notebook." He made you pick up the tab on a first date. He told a totally racist joke. He is graying in his 20s. He is still in love with his ex. He kind of has a criminal record. He lives in ARLINGTON. He's still technically married.

Liz Lemon of "30 Rock" made it easy for women everywhere to gently (well, actually, not so gently) tell their friends to ditch a guy: "That's a dealbreaker, ladies!"

The phrase often comes up as my close girlfriends and I discuss new crushes, first dates and brand-new relationships over glasses of wine. Sometimes the reasons we ditch guys are obvious, good decisions. But sometimes it's rather trivial.

Are we any different than generations of women before us?

Washington Post reporter Lois Romano wrote a fabulous story on just this topic for today's paper, along with her daughters Kristen Holmes, 24, and Jenna Holmes, 20. My favorite line: "An 'insignificant gesture, an offhand comment' or a plaid sports coat can alter destiny."

When you have some free time today, give the story a read. Then share your dealbreakers on Twitter using the hashtag, #whentodumpyourdate. You can also vote on bunch of potential dealbreakers. And maybe give your mom a call to ask about the major dealbreakers of her day.

By Jenna Johnson  | October 13, 2010; 12:02 PM ET
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