A new survey by a dating site found something less than celebratory: one in three online-dating dads lie on their profiles about having kids.

WhatsYourPrice.com, which conducted the survey, is an unconventional dating site with two specific types of users: the “generous” ones who bid real money to take the other kind, “attractive” users, out on a first date. The “attractive” user, or prospective date, accepts, denies or counters the offer.

“Attractive members are more inclined to take a risk on someone who isn’t their usual type”, the website says, because of a “little incentive.”

According to WhatsYourPrice.com founder and CEO Brandon Wade, lying about age or income online are the more well-known fibs. But the auction dating site’s Father’s Day survey of 2,500 male members found that approximately 32% of them have previously lied about having kids.

This is a non-scientific survey of members of a niche dating site and is not a representative sample of single dads; still, check out the complete survey results are below.

The Types of Men (2,500 surveyed)

  • Total Average (2,500 surveyed): 32% Lied
  • Men Under 30 (1,250 surveyed): 51% Lied
  • Men Over 30: (1,250 surveyed): 12% Lied

The Types of Lies (2,500 surveyed)

  • Men Who Claimed They Didn’t Have Kids: 96%
  • Men Who Claimed They Have Kids: 3%
  • Men Who Claimed They Have More/Less Kids: Less than 1%

Wade believes the main reason for this type of lie is male fear of rejection by a potential date. The survey found that more younger men lie about being a dad than guys over age 30. “Not just as you’re older you become more mature, but I think you’re also more comfortable with the fact that you’re a parent and you learn that people will accept you for that,” Wade said.

Wade warns that lying “is actually a sure way of losing a partner” and that it’s better to be honest upfront: “Honesty is the most sexy thing when it comes to dating.”

“With those who are honest, you’re going to attract women who don’t mind the fact that you are a parent or a father,” he added. “It’s sort of a strange oxymoron thing: these guys think that by lying they actually get better results, when in fact the opposite is true.”

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