Just over 10% of bachelors said they would prefer to get their mitts on the new Apple gadget than focus on finding a partner – 3% of participants went one step further and admitted that they would leave their current partner to score a hot date with the world’s most popular Apple computer.
More than two fifths of respondents said they had used an app to resolve a relationship problem and 15% said they regularly use the internet to find relationship advice.
Almost three quarters of participants said they would prefer to use FaceTime to talk to a potential new date before meeting them in a real life setting.
A spokesman for RoxyPalace said: “There has been a huge amount of hype surrounding the iPad 3 and for many it’s the ultimate gadget, but instead of simply giving up their hard earned cash it seems some men would be happy to remain on the shelf if it meant taking one home with them.”
He added: “Many women joke about becoming football widows when the season is in full swing but it seems some men are willing to take things a step further and are happy to steer clear of relationships all together to spend more time with their beloved toy.”
Eight out of ten of the female participants in the poll said they would prefer a new partner over a tablet, highlighting their greater interest in finding a long term love with a person rather than a gadget.