The course of true love never did run smooth. Not my words, of course, but those of William Shakespeare – poet, playwright and general master of words.
So how truthful are his words? With sites like Tinder and Bumble soaring to the forefront of people’s dating lives, I’d probably agree with him. Dating can be as confusing as hell.
But for many people, this apparently isn’t the case, as more than half of Brits believe they’re ‘lucky in love’, according to research.
A study of 2,000 adults revealed 51 per cent think finding true love comes from plain good luck, while a tenth of single people put their current relationship status down to bad fortune.
I guess I can see where they’re coming from. You hear of people who find the love of their life by bumping into them on a pavement, which is the definition of lucky.
On that note, 61 per cent of those polled think you can boost your odds of being ‘lucky in love’ by being in the right place at the right time.
And 30 per cent think you can improve your chances of meeting ‘the one’ if you’re prepared to get knocked back a few times along the way. Have to kiss a few frogs before you meet a prince, right?
Apparently, 29 is the age the average Brit is luckiest in love. At this point I’m fully behind the research as my boyfriend is 29 and he’s clearly the luckiest – I have nothing else to say on the matter.
A spokesman for TopRatedCasinos.co.uk, which commissioned the research, said:
The phrase ‘lucky in love’ is a strange one as it asks questions about exactly what luck is.
Is it just a matter of being in the right place at the right time, or can you improve your chances of being lucky through your actions?
Putting yourself out there, joining a gym and making sure you’re an interesting, kind person are all ways to increase your chances of being lucky romantically.
A further 45 per cent of UK adults believe the key to being lucky in love is self-confidence. The more you put yourself out there, the more you’re likely to see results. Which makes sense as I guess you’re not going to meet the love of your life sat on the couch at home watching Corrie.
One in five think dressing well can make all the difference, and a third believe going out and meeting people with common interests also boosts your chances.
Almost three quarters of those polled believe there’s such a thing as ‘the one’ out there and 55 per cent believe they’ve already met theirs. However 14 per cent are resigned to never finding that special someone.
On average, Brits meet ‘the one’ at the age of 28 and will typically date six people before finding the right person to settle down with.
However, only a little over half of the population would describe themselves as a ‘good catch’ and 52 per cent find the world of dating to be intimidating.
So what are the biggest obstacles to finding a special someone?
Half think lack of confidence is the biggest barrier, a third think fear of rejection is a hindrance, and 15 per cent think it’s often down to lack of free-time.
Around a fifth think not being able to meet people with similar interests is the problem, while 17 per cent think previous relationship break-ups effect your ability to find love.
On the plus side, most Brits (59 per cent) agree there’s someone out there for everyone. Happy searching, people!
To see the full survey results click here.
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A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).