New research released today by Illicit Encounters showed that the English are far more self-conscious than the Scottish. Only 17% of the 2,000 English surveyed put the word ‘athletic’ on their online dating profile, while a staggering 53% of the 1,800 Scottish would describe their build as ‘athletic’.
The research, which was carried out on 3,800 Illicit Encounters members, surveyed the difference between the confidence levels of the Scottish and English.
When the English were asked ‘Why wouldn’t you describe yourself as athletic?’ the top reason was ‘I think I am overweight’, with 34% of the votes, while ‘I don’t like the way I look since I’ve had children’ came in second with 30%, ‘I am not as toned as I used to be’ came in third place with 21%, and ‘I don’t have enough time to work out’ came in fourth with 15% of the votes.
The Scottish who describe themselves as ‘athletic’ were asked what their favourite feature was about themselves. The top three responses were ‘my arms’ (39%), ‘my bum’ (36%), and ‘my abs’ (22%).
“The results of the survey were very interesting,” said Dr. Lucy Redford, “The majority of the Scottish surveyed have described themselves as ‘athletic’ despite the fact that 62.6% of 16-64 year olds are medically overweight or obese in Scotland, costing the NHS over £600 million a year. In comparison, 60% of people in England between the ages of 16 and 64 are overweight or obese. This isn’t a healthy figure either by any means, but it’s interesting that the vast majority of the surveyed Scottish people would call themselves athletic even though the vast majority of people in Scotland are overweight or obese.”
Research found that those who have the word ‘athletic’ in their profiles get an average of 127% more traffic than those who don’t have it on their profile, proving that confidence in itself is incredibly attractive to both men and women.
“Just because someone doesn’t describe themselves as athletic, it doesn’t mean they’re not in good shape,” said Claire Page, spokesperson for Illicit Encounters, “Often, people are too afraid to use the word ‘athletic’ in their profile in case people think they’re built like Arnold Schwarzenegger or as ripped as Jessica Ennis. They’re afraid to cause disappointment when they meet up with their date. It’s a classic case of low self-esteem, which is why so many people look to have affairs in the first place – to seek validation if they’re no longer getting it from their partners. We all have a fundamental need to feel important, wanted and valued by someone else.”
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