The Inner Circle: A Quarter of Singles Have Lied on a Dating App, and Only a Third Regret It

LONDON--()--Ahead of National Honesty Day (30th April 2020), research from dating app The Inner Circle reveals one in 10 (13%) singles would dump someone if they caught them lying.

The most unforgivable lie is someone saying they don’t have children when they do (70%). This is closely followed by a potential partner lying about wanting a serious relationship (50%). Other unforgivable lies include:

  • Fibbing about your profession (38%)
  • Lying about your age (37%)

  • Hiding your smoking habit (32%) 

When pressing daters on their own honesty, around a quarter (24%) admitted to having told a ‘white lie’ to get more matches.

While 29% aren’t sure why they lied, 25% thought it was harmless. Just 14% admitted to lying to get their match to like them more while the same number (14%) wanted to appear better.

The most common lie among singles was telling their matches they exercise more than they do (27%) followed by lying about their age (18%).

But for daters who are prone to telling a fib or two, there’s a good chance they’ll get caught out. Nearly half (44%) have caught a date telling a lie.

Not-so-guilty conscience

Of the singles who have told a white lie on a dating app, only just over a third (35%) regret it, meaning 65% stick by their decision to deceive.

Three in 10 (31%) would only confess to a partner if it came up naturally while 5% would wait until they became official. Three in 10 (38%) would fess up as soon as they started to like the person they were dating.

Dating expert, Charly Lester, gives her advice to singles thinking about lying in the future: “White lies may be tempting, especially when you’re hiding behind a screen, but you are only going to get yourself into a mess you’ll have to sort out later. Whether it’s a lie about your height, appearance or lifestyle, if you’re looking to meet someone like-minded and who accepts you for you, it’s always better to be upfront and honest from the start.”

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About the research

Research was carried out among 2,102 members of The Inner Circle in the UK during March 2020.

About The Inner Circle

The Inner Circle is a global dating app which screens its members to create the safest community.

Contacts

Jessica Ballinger
07709809709
jessica@milkandhoneypr.com

Release Summary

What’s the harm in a little white lie, right? Well, new research by The Inner Circle reveals it could be a deal-breaker.

Contacts

Jessica Ballinger
07709809709
jessica@milkandhoneypr.com