By Natasha Burton
Confession: I’ve totally stretched the truth to get a guy to think I was cool. The best example was in high school, when my Britney Spears-loving self feigned interest in Rage Against the Machine to impress a guy I really liked. (I even bought the band’s latest CD to show my devotion.)
Turns out that this kind of, well, blatant lying, is pretty common. A recent survey by StaticGuard found that 63 percent of people between the ages of 18 to 34 have lied or told exaggerated stories about their interests to get a date. And, while on a date, 38 percent have gone to a movie they didn’t want to see, 23 percent have faked interest in a hobby, and 19 percent have eaten food they hated in an effort to make their crushes like them more.
While this sounds kinda shady—lying and healthy relationships don’t exactly go hand in hand, right?—taking an interest in something your partner (or a potential partner) likes is a good precursor to learning how to compromise. Which is totally necessary for a healthy relationship.
At least that’s been the case with me and my guy. Like, I’ll suggest going to a Thai restaurant for dinner sometimes, since I know it’s his favorite. And he’ll offer to hit garage sales with me on Saturday mornings because he knows how much I love treasure hunting. While I didn’t necessarily want to eat Thai (and he didn’t want to get up early on a weekend) at first, these compromises have turned us into fans of each other’s tastes—I’m now a drunken noodle aficionado and he appreciates how we can get new end table for only five bucks.
So, I think it’s okay to fib a little to impress a dude—as long as you’re not lying about your relationship status, criminal record, or identity. (And as long as you’re not faking orgasms.)