Sunday, December 14, 2008

BBC: 46% of men have lied on what they've read to potential partners

This was too good to pass up without comment. Technically, the figure also includes "friends", but I think it's a safe bet to say that the guys lying about what they read aren't doing it to impress dudes that they talk to at bars or at work. The original story is Here. Hat tip to The eXile for the link. Now for some excerpts:

"Men were most likely to do this to appear intellectual or romantic, found the poll of 1,500 people by Populus for the National Year of Reading campaign.
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Women said men should have read Nelson Mandela's biography or Shakespeare.

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About four in 10 of the 1,500 said they had lied about what they had read to impress friends or potential partners - 46% of men and 33% of women.

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One in five adults said they would read their chosen material whilst waiting for their date to arrive in the hope of making a good first impression."

They also said that among teenagers the figure rose to 74%, but we all know that teenagers will say anything to get laid so that's no surprise.

The whole reading something when the date arrives thing is like a Father Ted episode. I'm sure that every girl wants a guy who's so ham handed about trying to impress her that he not only doesn't read the books he says he reads but also fakes reading the books when she arrives. No better way to make an impression than to be called out on your bullshit when you have the book right in front of you.

The article ends by a spokesperson for the campaign for reading talking about how impressive it was that beauty wasn't the only criteria people were using. Umm...yeah. Keep that thought. The reality is that the guys who do this don't give a fuck about intellectual issues or about reading but care about beauty a whole lot and want to trick women into thinking that they're literate in order to get laid.

46%

I wonder, on the other hand, how much of the 54% that's left just doesn't give a fuck and doesn't even try to pretend that they read and how many people actually do read and so don't have to pretend.

*on edit: it seems likely, looking over it, that the one in five statistic probably doesn't literally mean that they had the book out when the person arrived but that they were reading the book that they'd later talk about a half hour before the date, which is almost as bad as using it as a prop.

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