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30 worst dating nightmares revealed

Relationships - By Mirror | January 21st 2021 at 08:54:33 GMT +0300
Many admitted they can look back and have a good laugh about it now (Photo: Shutterstock)

Nearly half of Brits have been left red-faced on a date - with forgetting the other person’s name topping a list of the worst 30 dating nightmares.

A poll of 2,000 adults found 42 per cent even feel the disasters will always haunt them throughout their lives.

The most common causes of awkwardness were found to be nervousness (32 per cent), lack of confidence (20 per cent) and drinking too much (17 per cent).

Falling over, fluffing a joke, mistiming a hug or kiss and having food stuck in their teeth also made the list along with spilling a drink and bumping into an ex.

Others have been known to use an ex-partner’s name by accident, laugh at the wrong moment or sit in silence with nothing to say.

Others have been known to use an ex-partner’s name by accident (Photo: Shutterstock)

But the research, commissioned by Extra Chewing Gum, found 44 per cent preferred to laugh off any embarrassing moments.

And while three quarters felt it wasn’t funny at the time, they admitted they can look back and have a good laugh about it now.

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Sasha Storey, head of minty fresh breath at Extra Chewing Gum, said: “We know that everyone has had a tough year, whether that be a virtual dating disaster or tech faux pas.

“We now know dating disasters have happened to almost half of the nation… is it even a real date if we don’t have an interesting story to tell afterwards?”

The study also found a fifth of adults have left a date early because they felt so mortified over something that happened, while 13 per cent cancelled the next meeting.

More than a tenth of adults have experienced a humiliating moment on a virtual date (Photo: Shutterstock)

With face-to-face dating taking a backseat during the pandemic, more than a tenth of adults have experienced a humiliating moment on a virtual date.

This includes a housemate interrupting (21 per cent), awkward silences (21 per cent), a frozen screen (22 per cent) and talking for a long time while on mute (19 per cent).

As a result, more than one in 10 plan to get their ‘dating mojo’ back in 2021 after it was so out of sync due to the pandemic, with a quarter admitting they have ‘let themselves go’ over the last 12 months.

It also emerged that of those polled via OnePoll who are in a relationship, one in six have moved in together specifically as a result of lockdown.

For more than a third this has led to romance being lost (Photo: Shutterstock)

For more than a third this has led to romance being lost, while 30 per cent have experienced an embarrassing moment in front of their partner since moving in.

It has also opened up some home truths, including realising their other half isn’t tidy (15 per cent), they have smelly breath (10 per cent), they can’t cook (10 per cent), they snore (14 per cent), and that they don’t wear pyjamas (12 per cent).

The research was carried out by Extra Chewing Gum as part of its mission to help the public get their ‘ding’ back and identify areas people need a little help in their dating endeavours.

Sasha added: “The past year has been different for dating, speeding up lots of relationships and moving first dates to virtual settings.

“But all still allowing for awkward moments - spilling drinks swapped for screens freezing and outfit disasters being hidden by camera positioning.

“We want to help couples get their ‘ding’ back in 2021.”

More than one in 10 plan to get their ‘dating mojo’ back in 2021 (Photo: Shutterstock)

Top 30 most embarrassing dating moments

1. Awkward silences

2. Forgetting their name

3. Mistiming a hug or kiss

4. Falling over

5. Spilling drink on your clothes

6. Spilling food down your front

7. Bumping into an ex

8. Calling them the wrong name

9. Telling a joke but it not landing

10. Farting

11. Having food in your teeth

12. Laughing at something they said that isn’t funny

13. Not talking at all

14. Calling them your ex's name

15. Getting a horrible spot on the day of the date

16. Burping

17. Having a coughing fit

18. Saying a joke and offending your date

19. Spilling drink on your date

20. Laughing and drink coming out your nose

21. Having an outfit disaster

22. Splitting your trousers

23. Confusion over who is picking up the bill

24. Constantly talking about your ex

25. Your card getting declined

26. Having a hair disaster

27. Getting caught texting a friend about the date

28. Eating something garlicky and having stinky breath for the rest of the date

29. Ordering the spiciest thing on the menu unintentionally and not coping

30. Getting IDed at the bar

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