More than two thirds of single Brits would describe themselves as a “ dating disaster ” – with some bad dates even leaving us in hospital.
New research of the nation’s singletons has revealed the average non-attached Brit has at least SIX bad dates every year on average – with at least one being classed as a complete car-crash.
The survey also revealed some of the most common, cringe-inducing dating fails, including slipping over on dance floors, getting food stuck in teeth and even ending up in accident and emergency.
A staggering one in 20 singletons have ended up in A&E after hurting themselves while out on a date.
Also among the list of common disasters was spilling drinks over potential partners, walking into lamp posts and mistakenly tucking skirts into underwear after a visit to the loo.
According to the survey, singletons today feel the weight of expectation on their shoulders, with 65% of those polled saying they felt under pressure from family and friends to find “the one”.
When asked why their dates were so disastrous, 41% claimed it was because they were nervous, while 30% said that their confidence was low and a further 22% blamed clumsiness for their bad luck in love.
Another 14% said they put too much pressure on themselves to find their perfect date.
Over half of those polled said a dating disaster has cost them a second date with someone they really liked.
Despite a catalogue of unfortunate nights out ,a hopeful 58% said mishaps have not put them off finding Mr or Mrs Right.
A spokesperson for Arnicare, who commissioned the survey of 1,000 single Brits, said: “When it comes to dating, all too often nerves can get the better of us.
“Meeting someone new for the first time, hoping you’ve got enough to talk about and choosing what to wear are just some of the things that can make us feel anxious, often resulting in us having misadventures we wouldn’t ordinarily have.
“With 67% of people claiming to be dating disasters and one in 20 ending up in A&E after a minor mishap, it’s clear our minds are preoccupied in trying to impress the other person.
“Competition is fierce too, adding further to the pressure, as new online dating apps are increasingly introduced to the market.
“It’s important to always be prepared with some general conversation starters to avoid any awkward silences. That way you’re more likely to prevail rather than fail.”
The 20 most common dating disasters for single Brits:
- Dropped food down yourself
- Tripped over
- Took a date to a terrible film
- Bumped into an ex
- Got food stuck in your teeth
- Misread the situation and went in for a kiss
- Choked on your drink
- Bit your tongue
- Mum called during date
- Forgot your wallet
- Fell over a chair
- Choked on food
- Smashed a glass
- Spilled a drink over your date
- Ex texted halfway through date
- Slipped over on dance floor
- Lipstick on teeth
- Realised your flies were undone all night
- Ended up in A&E
- Fell down stairs of restaurant