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Logitech’s report revealed that 58% of the millions of Europeans who have dated online have been lied to

Warning! 58% singles seeking love affected by online dating dishonesty

If you have ever gone on a date with someone you met online, only to find that your partner doesn’t look like they claim, you are not alone. 58% of us have been the victims of online dating dishonesty, according to a report released today by Logitech, making it essential that you plan early to avoid first date disappointment this St. Valentine’s Day.

Logitech’s report revealed that 58% of the millions of Europeans who have dated online have been lied to when seeking a potential match. Italians lead the way, with 72% of respondents experiencing dating dishonesty. In turn, 58% of German, 56% of French and 55% of British respondents admitted to suffering the same fate. The Dutch demonstrated the most honesty, with only 48% of their dates misrepresenting themselves. The research found that the top dating distortions across Europe were a date’s attractiveness, followed closely by their weight. Good news for balding men: lack of hair is least likely to be a cause for complaint.

For someone looking for love online, physical appearance is a key factor in their decision to commit to a date or not. However, photographs are often digitally enhanced, unrepresentative of the person or simply taken from a by-gone era, so it is no wonder people end up disappointed.

As the world’s leading manufacturer of webcams, Logitech commissioned the study to establish how much difference a video call with a prospective date would make. The majority of Europeans (54%) agreed that seeing the person first would give them a chance to say no and save everyone the bother of a wasted date. 45% of British and Germans said it would make them overcome their laziness and agree to a date. One in three French and Italians agreed. 42% of Germans and one in three Dutch and Italians said it would help them make a quick judgement on looks and go on a date in spite of someone’s personality. Personality mattered more to the French and British. Nearly one in four Dutch said they would even be prepared to have sex with their date, on the basis of seeing them first.

Frederic Boutin, European product manager for Internet Communications at Logitech said: “The little deceptions people make online can turn into big disappointments when we finally meet our dates face to face. By being able to meet up online with a video call we can pick and choose our potential date without wasting the valuable time and money that goes into organising a first meeting. Get online and chat over video to avoid potential disappointment this St. Valentine’s Day!”

The Logitech® QuickCam® Pro 9000, the Logitech® QuickCam® Pro for Notebooks and the Logitech® QuickCam® Vision Pro webcam for Mac are available throughout Europe and have a suggested retail price of £69.99. All three webcams feature a high quality Carl Zeiss® lens and autofocus technology: perfect to view your potential date and find out what they really look like.

Notes to Editors

The following collateral is available on request:
• Dating Demystifier Typologies: Typologies of the most common online daters (“Serial Liar”, a “Love Lurker”, “Endless Optimist” or “Passion Pursuer”).
• Dating Demystifier: Flowchart to discover what type of online dater you are, based on the Love Typologies.
• Logitech’s Online Dating Tips: Top tips for successful online dating


Kim Visser
+44 (0) 20 7592 1200

About Logitech

Logitech is a world leader in personal peripherals, driving innovation in PC navigation, Internet communications, digital music, home-entertainment control, gaming and wireless devices. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).

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