Anyone looking for love but finding the world of dating a tricky one to negotiate should heed these words: don't organise a meet-up on a Monday.
Dates at the beginning of the week are most likely to be cancelled at the last minute, with illness, exhaustion, work commitments, gym visits and even getting a better offer cited as the most common reasons for standing someone up.
Romantic trysts organised for the weekend are the most likely to take place, with Saturday voted the most popular date night, proving singletons are still prioritising finding love over other activities.Weekend dates were found to be four times more popular than weekdays, with 81 per cent of respondents in a survey by dating website match.com saying that they would be more likely to cancel a date on a week night.
Post-weekend gym visits were most likely to cause a Monday date to cancel, but work commitments played a big role in dates not going ahead in general, with 18 per cent of singletons who have cancelled a date saying this was why they'd had to stand down.
Illness was, however, the most common reason, with 33 per cent saying this was why they had to miss out.
Being too tired (19 per cent), unable to afford it (12 per cent) and being asked out by someone who seemed a better option (six per cent) were also cited as factors, according to match.com's 2013-2014 LoveGeist report.
Kate Taylor, resident relationship expert at match.com, csaid: 'Saturday nights have an in-built feeling of fun which adds excitement to any date, and they come with the added bonus of extra hours of preparation time.
'It comes as no surprise that Mondays are the least popular, as people often tend to be either overwhelmed by their weekday workload or still tired out from their weekend activities.'
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