Guys, if you want to get the girl, try bringing flowers—to her mother. With Valentine's Day coming up, it's something to think about: Winning over Mom may sound old-fashioned, but it's still a smart strategy in today's fast-changing, app-tapping, hookup-happy world of dating. In a new poll, 6 in 10 young women say when they're thinking of getting serious with somebody, their mother's approval is "extremely" or "very" important. A mere 6% of women under age 30 say their mother's opinion matters "not at all" when dating, the AP-WE tv poll found. And four in 10 young women would consider breaking up with someone their mom didn't like, according to the poll. Indeed, 16% say they've dumped a guy for that reason.
Sons worry a little less than daughters about what Mom thinks, the survey found. Still, half of 18-to-29-year-old men say her approval is extremely or very important when a relationship might get serious. Dads, the stereotypical gatekeepers for teenage daughters, still have some say, too: Half of young women and nearly 40% of young men put high importance on Dad's opinion when a romance is getting serious. A father's view outranks what friends or siblings think, according to the poll. But all this doesn't necessarily mean people want their partners to be like their parents: Among men and women of all ages, a slim majority—51%—think it's better to go out with someone who's the opposite of their parents, instead of someone who reminds them of the folks. (Read more love stories.)