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Beautiful People.com's survey found 16% of respondents implied they were better off financially than they really were, with 5% faking how far and wide they've traveled and another 5% bluffing about the type of car they drive. ' early on, so people try to make themselves sound more interesting by the folks they know." Former online dater Matthew, a 37-year-old from Tampa, FL, says he's done this to impress women.
Ettin sees this with her female clients, but she encourages them to tell the truth. Hobbies and Interests "There's a lot of ambiguity users take advantage of," notes Dr. For example, Match.com's Interests section allows members to check boxes next to sports, but "it doesn't specify if this is something you do often, did in the past or just watch on television," says Dr. So even those who went ice skating one or twice might check that as an interest. "I hate camping, but I wanted to take her because I was into her. Connections to Celebrities Perhaps the most interesting finding of the Beautiful survey was that 3.3% of people said they lied in their profiles about knowing celebrities, and 3.7% said they lied about meeting famous people through work.
I posted the photo because it catches people's attention." 10.
Photographs They say a picture's worth a thousand words—and those words are likely to be lies if the picture's on an online dating profile. Toma says in self-reports, in which study participants admitted to their own lies, "photographs were identified as the single most deceptive element of the person's profile." Yes, some were unintentionally misleading, thanks to poor camera quality and lighting, but others were purposefully altered through digital editing to be more flattering. "One should be a good head shot, another a full body shot and another of you doing something interesting," she says.
Physique If it seems like the majority of men on dating sites describe themselves as "athletic and toned," your eyes aren't fooling you—though the guys may be hoping that description will.
Photos and activities are better gauges of how in shape your fellow onlie dater is (although as you'll soon see, be careful there as well).