It seems that 30-somethings are getting coal for Christmas, with this age group being more likely to tell lies to get out of bad dates and to ghost fellow daters.
According to the seventh annual Date of the Nation study, conducted in conjunction with Australia’s largest online dating site RSVP and Nielsen, of people between the ages of 30-39: 30% have told lies to get out of a date, and 12% have simply vanished if they’re no longer interested in someone.
When compared with 18 to 19-year-olds, only 15.9% of respondents in this age group have told lies to get out of dates and only 4% have ghosted their dates.
The second most honest age group are those 60 plus, with only 19% of respondents saying they have told a lie to get out of a date. However, 10% did admit to doing the disappearing act.
“It’s the season for getting out and meeting new people, however if you discover that you and your date aren’t a perfect match, instead of disappearing or contracting a rare illness that means you can no longer see them, it will be better in the long run if you’re up front and honest about how you feel,” says psychologist and dating and relationship expert, John Aiken.
It isn’t just lying to get out of dates that Australian’s are guilty of, daters have also admitted to boosting up certain aspects of their lives to attract new people.
When survey respondents were asked if they’ve ever told a white lie to appear more attractive or impressive, 31.9% of 20 to 29-year-olds said they had exaggerated aspects of their lifestyle, 26% had embellished their hobbies, and 23% told white lies about their fitness levels. 20-somethings are also most likely to lie about their education levels (9%). However, the over 60’s are again the most honest with 69% saying they don’t tell white lies.
“While telling white lies may be appealing because it potentially could help you attract more dates, it will only be a matter of time until the person you’re seeing uncovers that you haven’t been truthful. Not only will lying be seen as unattractive by your prospective partner, but it is also best to try and meet someone who likes all of you, not just the version that you’d like them to see,” Aiken added.
The Date of the Nation study investigates the online and offline dating and relationship habits of the country. It incorporates responses from more than 3800 people across Australia.
30% of people aged between the ages of 30-39 have told lies to get out of a date.
12% of 30-39-year-olds have ghosted dates.
15.9% of people aged between the ages of 18-19 have told lies to get out of dates.
4% of 18-19-year-olds have ghosted dates.
31.9% of 20 to 29-year-olds said they had exaggerated aspects of their lifestyle.
26% of 20 to 29-year-olds have embellished their hobbies.
23% of 20 to 29-year-olds have told white lies about their fitness levels.
For more information on the Date of the Nation study, please contact RSVP’s content marketing manager Sarah Homewood via firstname.lastname@example.org.