Dating men admit to lying about their earning power, hobbies and divorce in order to make good first impression

Too good to be true: Men admit lying about their earning power, hobbies and divorce in order to impress on first date

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09:22 GMT, 23 November 2012

If you've just been on the perfect date and think your new man with a top job, interesting hobby and no ex-wife on the scene is too good to be true – he probably is.

New research has revealed that 74 per cent of men bend the truth on a first date in order to make a good first impression.

Top of the list of white lies was how much money they earned and what job they did, followed by fabrications about their hobbies and interests.

Would I lie to you The answer is yes according to recent research on how honest men are on a first date

Would I lie to you The answer is yes according to recent research on how honest men are on a first date

Almost two thirds (63 per cent) of the 700 British men aged 18-35 who were surveyed admitted they had exaggerated
their earning power when on a date with a woman they were trying to
impress.

More than half said they had over-stated their career
prospects in the belief that it would make them more attractive to the
opposite sex.

Hobbies and interests were next on the
list of whoppers told with more than half of all men polled (55 per cent) saying
they believed in telling women what they wanted to hear.

This meant many
downplayed their love of sports – in particular football – with a large
proportion professing a love of animals and the arts in a bid to
appear 'sensitive and caring'.

What match Many men play down their love of football and instead profess to loving the arts in a bid to appear more sensitive

What match Many men play down their passion for football and instead profess to loving the arts in a bid to appear more sensitive

Nearly a fifth of men said they
had lied about the last time they did any physical exercise – with more
than half of these saying they had professed a love of the gym when in
fact they weren't even a member.

Another area where men felt they needed to be economical with the truth was their relationship status. A shocking one third of the men polled confessed they had chatted up another woman while still in a relationship.

Meanwhile, almost one in fifty said they had
kept a divorce under wraps on a date with almost half of these admitting they had also lied about not having children.

WHAT MEN ARE MOST LIKELY TO LIE ABOUT ON A FIRST DATEHow much they earnWhat job they doHow many relationships they've had beforeTheir hobbies and interestsTheir love of footballWhether they've been married/had children

Many of the men believed it was acceptable to lie on the first date (64 per cent) as they expected the woman they were meeting not to be completely honest about themselves either.

A spokesman from online casino RoxyPalace.com, who commissioned the research, said the
results show that most men feel a need to deceive in a bid to appear more successful and less
experienced with women.

He said: 'Our findings show that
most men have told a porky or two to try and impress their date – but
this was more likely to exaggerating or playing something down rather
than a blatantly lying.

'It was particularly interesting to note that
men also expected that their date may also be hiding the truth on a few
subjects – so ultimately it was unlikely that anybody would have a
totally honest full date – which may be understandable at such an early
stage of a prospective relationship,' he added.