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99% of us have been on a bad date. The big question is how do you get out of the date?

According to new research conducted by OnePoll, most people will tolerate 51 minutes of a bad date before making up an excuse to leave. The research from 2,000 adults also showed that we know about 25 minutes into the date whether or not there is a “spark”. These are the top excuses when you need to make your escape.

Top 20 excuses people have used to get out of a date

  • You’re not feeling well
  • A family member is ill
  • An emergency at work
  • You have a headache
  • You forgot about something important you need to do instead
  • Tell them you realise you aren’t ready for a relationship
  • Your car broke down
  • You have a deadline at work
  • Friends or family just showed up for a surprise visit
  • You’re stuck in traffic
  • You forgot
  • Your pet is ill
  • You accidentally already ate
  • You can’t find the date venue
  • You’ve had an allergic reaction
  • You’ve been arrested
  • Your date looks too similar to a sibling or other relative
  • You’ve just been mugged
  • Your date looks too similar to your ex
  • A pipe has burst at home

More from the survey, 23% admit to “ghosting” before a date and 3 our of 10 just stood them up. Meahwhile, 72% have sat through the bad date out of politeness or a hope it would get better.

So, what makes a “good” date? 68 per cent need to feel comfortable, 58 per cent require lots of laughter and 57 per cent simply look for a ‘spark’.

More from the survey!

As we approach Valentine’s Day, good luck!

— Doug O’Brien