A recent New York Times article titled “Love, Lies and What They Learned,” indicates that collectively, the major dating sites had more than 593 million visits in the United States last month.
Research involving more than one million online dating profiles was partly financed by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
However, it’s important to remain honest, too; people tend to be wary when they first start out on online dating, and they’re looking for blatant lies.
So even if it gets you more profile hits, don’t choose the thinnest body type when you’re clinically overweight.
Men fibbed by 2 pounds, although they lied about their height, rounding up a half inch.
Another study found that women’s profile photographs were on average a year and a half old. According to the studies, liars tend to use fewer first-person pronouns. Toma, an assistant professor in the department of communication arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said this is an indication of psychological distancing: “You’re feeling guilty or anxious or nervous.” Liars use more negative words like “not” and “never,” yet another way of putting up a buffer.
We know that men are looking for younger and thinner and women are looking for taller and wealthier.
We know that if we tell the truth – I’m 5’8″, not 5’10”, I’m 55, not 49, we’re all but eliminated from the search of the most desirable candidates.
Little do they know that teams of scientists are eagerly watching them trying to find it.
To make matters worse, the descriptions are often completely subjective and confusing to boot: is “husky” heavier or lighter than “heavyset”?
Is “curvy” smaller or larger than “a few extra pounds”? As a society, we tend to be overly image-conscious to begin with.
When they meet you in person, they’re seeing an entire personality, not just a clothing size.
Remember that confidence covers a multitude of imperfections; show your potential matches that labels just aren’t sufficient when it comes to you.