Scotland’s secret online dating habits revealed from spending hours looking for ‘the one’ to lying about our appearance

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Scottish singletons looking for love this Valentine’s Day will be happy to know that they won’t have to look too far.

Scots have been revealed as the luckiest in love compared to the rest of the UK, with 69 per cent claiming to have met either a previous or existing partner online.

A new survey conducted by Plusnet discovered that one in 10 Scots admitted signing up to online dating or apps in the run up to Valentine’s Day to avoid being lonely.

But while we may be lucky in getting together with someone new, how we get to that point is actually quite shocking.

Scots tell a lot of white lies online to help them sound more attractive

First of all, it seems many of us are obsessed with the idea of finding ‘the one’, so much so that over half of those surveyed admitted spending up to an hour per day scrolling or swiping for love.

That time could be better spent looking for a new Netflix series to binge-watch while your pals are getting married and having kids but who are we to judge?

Scots are also which penchant to a wee white lie … or five.

According to the new research, we’re 50 per cent likely to lie about our weight, 29 percent likely to lie about how old we are and 25 per cent likely to fib about our job.

We love a bit of decent patter, and it’s what we look out most for when seeking a potential partner online.

But we don’t like to put all our eggs in one basket, with 32 per cent of us speaking to four or more people online at the same time.

After all, how can we really be sure someone is exactly who they say they are?

Almost 60 per cent of Scots claim they reject profiles too quickly

But some are not so lucky, with 57 per cent claiming they may have already missed ‘the one’ by rejecting a profile to quickly.

Who knew a simple swipe left could ruin your Happy Ever After?

Things that turn us off while looking through online dating sites include bad teeth, with almost two thirds of those surveyed noting this as a big no-no.

More surprisingly, more than half said pouting snaps were a turn off – so put those duck lips away – and 43 per cent detest topless photos.

Half of those surveyed said they had been messaged by someone they already know – which would be great if it was someone you already fancied, but it can also have riddy-inducing consequences.

Speaking of embarrassment, while over two thirds of us find love online, it seems the stigma around meeting people online is still alive and well.

Love Island’s ‘Dr’ Marcel will be offering advice to those with online dating dilemmas

Nearly a quarter of those that do find their other half through online dating have pretended they met ‘through mutual friends’ or ‘at a bar’.

If you’re struggling to find your match online, Plusnet have brought Love Island’s ‘Dr’ Marcel Somerville on board to offer straight-talking love advice for those who need pointing in the right direction.

Marcel’s advice is just a call away, with a free Valentine’s Hotline offering tips on everything from creating the ultimate dating profile to the most no-nonsense chat-up lines to secure a hot date.

If you’re in need of specific dating advice, you can also leave a message for Marcel and he’ll reply to the top dilemmas on Plusnet’s Twitter channel on Valentine’s Day.

Call the Hotline any time until Valentine’s Day on 0808 173 LOVE (5683).

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