Study reveals half of Canadians lie when they first start dating

Dating little white lies

If you happen to be looking for love new research may have you questioning some of the things you hear in the early days of the relationship.

A new study on Canadian dating habits by LeoVegas indicates 53 per cent of those questioned, admitted to lying when they first start dating someone new. More than two-thirds says they have fallen for a lie at the start of a relationship.

The most common lies Canadians tell when starting a new relationship involve marital status, men are three times more likely to withhold the truth, and one-in-10 admit to lying about their age at the beginning of a new relationship.

The survey also indicated a staggering 1-in-10 Canadians admitted to avoiding the truth when the topic of previous partners comes up, with women, 15 per cent, lying more than men, 12 per cent.

On the topic of marriage, men are found to be three times more likely to lie compared to women.

For those who have lied about their age, or one in 10 people, those aged 16-24 or 14 per cent, being the most likely to do so.

The study also indicates that over 10 per cent of the public also feel the need to exaggerate when it comes to talking about shared interests.

More than two-thirds of the population admit to having fallen for a lie at the start of a relationship even though, a quarter of women, 27 per cent and a third of men, 35 per cent believe that they have never been lied to.

One in five of those studied admit they have been caught in a lie about the number of previous partners they have been with and women are 23 per cent more likely to be deceived than men at 14 per cent.

Canadians between the ages of 20 and 40 say they uncovered lies relating to their partner's profession, with the job title typically at the centre of the lie.

Mark Cheeswright, the spokesperson at LeoVegas, says, “parts of this research are what you might expect to see in a new relationship, with tall tales about age and the number of previous partners, but there are certainly some really surprising results too.

“As the research shows, the common lies told at the start of a relationship are often uncovered. We would always advise that honesty is the best policy when getting to know someone new.”

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