The truth about lying in online dating profiles
PDF Online dating is a popular new tool for initiating romantic relationships, although recent research and media reports suggest that it may also be fertile ground for deception.
Unlike previous studies that rely solely on self-report data, the present study establishes ground truth for 80 online daters’ height, weight and age, and compares ground truth data to the information provided in online dating profiles.
The results suggest that deception is indeed frequently observed, but that the magnitude of the deceptions is usually small. Results are discussed in light of the Hyperpersonal model and the self-presentational tensions experienced by online dating participants.
“Thus, a little bit of dishonesty might be viewed as a slippery slope that can lead one to grow more dishonest,” writes Dr. We get used to it and our conscience doesn’t bother us so much.
Not only will your date quickly find out about your white lie, but lies are an awful base to build a future relationship on.
If you’ve convinced yourself that small lies about your appearance are okay, it won’t be too much of a stress to lie about your emotions and personality, too.
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