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Dating: Don't Lie About Your Age

Updated on November 6, 2009

Sounds easy enough, doesn't it? If you only knew how many men have flat out lied to me about their age. I can think of 4 in the last year alone. All of them happened to be English, so perhaps this isn't really an issue for American men - but just in case you're considering it, allow me to set you straight.

Fibbing about your age is lying.

It's not a white lie, either. It's not the "sure your butt looks great in those PVC knickers" white lie you might tell your woman to keep yourself out of the doghouse. This is just a straight lie that serves no purpose. The ridiculous bit is that these lying fools were only a year or two older than the age they masqueraded as being. How stupid is that? Almost as stupid as giving themselves away, I guess.

Take Mr. Small, for example.

He introduced himself to me online, telling me he was 34. As I sat there replying to his email, I noticed the address: MrSmall1970. Guess how old Mr. Small really was?

We know why women lie about their age, but come on, what does a man have to gain by knocking a few years off?

Does he really think he's not going to get caught? What about a year down the road when you're applying for a marriage license and she notices the year of birth is a bit off?

I suppose she might forgive the lie - but I wouldn't.

Why should I? If you lie about something that silly, Gawd only knows what else you'd lie about. Relationships are built on trust. Ok, sometimes they can be built on sex. If that's all you're after, you can probably get away with lying about your age. If not, don't be an idiot.

Tell the truth about your age.

Honestly, it's to the point I'm ready to start ID'ing anyone who asks me out. I was stunned the first time I was lied to about it, and now it feels like standard issue for most of the men I meet.

Perhaps it's a British thing, I dunno.

Whatever it is, it's absurd. Women are not hung up on age the same way men are. That's not to say we don't have age rules - I surely have mine and do not easily break them. But if I'm willing to date a 34 year old, I'm probably also willing to date a 38 or 39 year old.

So if you're gonna lie, knock a decade off.

It's gonna come back and bite you in the arse eventually, anyway, so you might as well get the most of it!

xx Isabella


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