Are you a good date?

April 12, 2010

Image from “Date Night” out now

How romantic are Aussie men? How do we rate when it comes to dating? Check out the results now!

A national survey on Aussie attitudes, habits and opinions on dating and relationships has found that
91% of couples believe that spending time together, for example going on date nights, is essential for
a healthy relationship, with over half of Australians (56%) going on a regular date night at least once a

The survey, conducted by McCrindle Research and timed to coincide with the launch of a new
comedy ‘Date Night’ starring Tina Fey and Steve Carell, in cinemas April 8, has found that Australians
are down-to-earth daters. They are more likely to be found heading out to the movies than dining at
fancy restaurants.

Mark McCrindle, director of McCrindle research, said that this research provided an accurate and
endearing perspective on how Aussies relate to one another:

“We may not score as highly in the romance and expression department, but Australians are still in
their relationships for the long-haul and are very genuine about the fundamental elements of a
successful companionship,” said Mark McCrindle, McCrindle research.

Secrets to dating success
The report found that 41% of Australians who are in a relationship believe that the best date
experiences are the ones you create yourself, such as finding an ideal picnic location, cooking at
home or heading out for dinner and a movie. Other elements of a successful date night included being
organised (41%), being creative and innovative with date night options (34%) and ensuring that there
is a regular day and time in the calendar for a date (12%).

Dating disasters!

Dating dilemmas provided some of the funniest results of the survey, with almost half of couples
(45.7%) experiencing ‘food and drink’ disasters on dates. Other common dating dilemmas included
transport issues (28%) and booking disasters (28%). Embarrassingly, more than one in 20 Australians
had lied on a date and suffered the consequences when their partner found out!

Public displays of affection

Expressions of love were common among Australians, with almost seven out of 10 (72%) verbalising
or demonstrating their love in their relationship.

How does your state rate?

The ACT is the most romantic state in Australia, with 20% of respondents ranking romance as a high
priority in their relationship, West Australians came in as Australia’s least romantic state, with only
Victorians and South Australians were the most vigilant when observing date nights, with 24% of
couples heading out at least once every couple of weeks. Their Tasmanian counterparts were a little
lazier, with the highest percentage of couples not heading out at all!

Frantic romantic or pragmatic partner?

The report asked how organised Australians are when it comes to dating. Almost one in four people
in relationships (24%) considered themselves very organised, with just over one in 10 (12%) not at all

Date Night Synopsis: Claire and Phil Foster (Tina Fey and Steve Carell) are a typical suburban couple whose lives – including their weekly date nights
of dinner and a movie – have become routine. To reignite the marital spark, they visit a trendy Manhattan bistro where a case of
mistaken identity turns their evening into the ultimate date night-gone-awry. But as Claire and Phil take their unexpected walk on
the wild side, they begin to remember what made them so special together.
Date Night movie trailer can be viewed at: www.datenightthemovie.com.au

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