Almost 74 per cent of men lie about how much money they earn and their hobbies on a first date to make a good impression, according to a new UK survey.
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, the 'Daily Mail' reported.
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.
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'.
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.
One third of the men polled confessed they had chatted up another woman while still in a relationship.
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.
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.
"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," he said.
"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.