Have you ever lied to bag yourself a date? Maybe knocked a few years off your age, or even added a few years on. I’ve been known to stretch the truth about my career in the past, perhaps not how you might think… When I tell guys I work in PR, their eyes often light up when they think I mean a PR girl, why I don’t know, but they do, soooooooooo I’ve been known to go along with it when I’ve had a few too may cosmos, ha!
So the findings of a recent survey by McCrindle Research that found that a third of Aussie men have lied to get a date, didn’t really surprise me, in fact my only surprise was that it wasn’t three quarters!
A snapshot of other stand out findings include:
More than 1/3 of Australians have lied to get a date, indicating double standards, as nearly 3/4 of Australians value honesty and trustworthiness above all else in a relationship
- Nearly 3/4 have been lied to by a potential partner or date
- 1 in 5 of us have caught someone lying on a first date
Australian futurist, demographer and social commentator Mark McCrindle said: “These findings highlight the strong values Australians place upon honesty and trust in relationships. However, it was also found that most individuals reported to have experienced dishonesty on a date or from a partner, and many would stretch the truth themselves to impress that special someone.”
The results are from a national survey[i] commissioned for the home entertainment release of romantic comedy Just Go With It to identify honesty in relationships and dating among Australians. I watched this film on the way to the UK and really enjoyed it! Would highly recommend!
The hilarious romantic comedy Just Go With It, from director Dennis Dugan (Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, Grown Ups), follows Danny (Adam Sandler) on his journey to maintain an elaborate lie to keep his gorgeous dream girl Palmer (Brooklyn Decker). Danny engages Katherine (Jennifer Aniston), his faithful receptionist, to pose as his soon to be ex-wife in order to maintain the lie – but when the group heads to Hawaii for a “family holiday” with Danny’s new girlfriend, covering up one lie soon turns into many…
Just Go With It is available on Blu-ray and DVD from all major retailers across Australia from 3 August 2011.
An additional snapshot of survey results for your perusal:
- 2/3 Australians surveyed have been lied to by a potential partner or date – hypocritically, 1 in 5 would go on a second date with that person
- Females claimed to be most truthful, with 3 in 5 stating that they’ve never lied to impress someone, compared with less than half of males
- More women (22%) than men (17%) have stretched the truth to get out of a relationship – while more men (16%) than women (7%) have lied to get into one.
- The most common reason for dishonesty in a partnership was to hide something they’d done (3 in 10), followed by avoiding spending time with a partner’s family or friends (almost 1 in 5)
- Men (over 1 in 10) said they are more likely than women (4%) to lie in a relationship
- 4 in 5 said the most common way of telling that their partner was lying was through noticing inconsistencies in their story, while 1/4 said they could recognise dishonesty when their partner did not meet their eyes
- Female respondents were better than males at recognising lies, with 1/4 of men able to tell only when their partner confessed, in contrast to over 4 in 5 women who could tell anyway
[i] Research conducted by McCrindle Research on behalf of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in July 2011. A sample group of 1,015 Australians aged between 20 and 55 participated in the survey.