Also watch out for photo-op-shots, because most of the time, it was a one-time thing – a photo of someone standing next to Lady Gaga According to a study by Beautiful People, about 17% of women lie about their age on their profile.
(This is less than 42% of men who lie about it, though.) The strangest thing, to me, about this statistic, is that women why anyone would lie about something that’s going to be super obvious once they meet face to face (or when someone flips through their pictures). Thankfully, these lies generally happen in the long answer section, and they’re easy to pick out. “Love to travel,” as opposed to “ love to travel”) and super-short descriptions.
It’s a safer bet to be honest, and understand that anyone who isn’t As many as 16% of people lie about their financial situation, according to the Beautiful People study. Toma says, “Lying is cognitively taxing” and leaving out the “I” in their sentences helps them to distance themselves from the things they’re lying about.
I know we’ve all seen the “lesbians” on online dating profiles who already have husbands they’re “faithfully devoted to,” but the lies actually go a lot further than that.
According to Toma, users take advantage of the ambiguity surrounding their hobbies and interests.
If someone is name-dropping a celebrity in their profile, it’s probably a lie.
Hodge says, “We’re in a celebrity-driven culture,” so people equate name-dropping with a person’s status.
Another conclusion: The more attractive your photo is, the more likely it’s out of date.
According to the Beautiful People survey, as many as 32% of women lie about what job they hold.
However, one thing that I notice puzzles me – it seems like no one bothers to list accurate information about themselves on their profile. How can I tell if he just posted a little white lie on his profile, so he can get a first date and show me what a nice person he really is, or if he’s a con man through and through? At what point does it stop being cute and start being a big deal?
I’m OK with people withholding, but I see things on men’s profiles that turn out to be downright misleading. I wouldn’t get too upset if a guy’s profile picture is five years old, or if he’s really 5’8″ and not 5’10.” What I keep finding out, though, are things like “some college” means “no education past high school,” or that “work in research” means “factory worker at a plant whose clients are R&D companies,” and a white-collar technical profession listed on a profile really means “been out of work for some years.”My problem with misleading pieces of information like these is that I don’t know what else to expect. After all, here I am, meeting with total strangers from the Internet, and, like it or not, I have my personal safety to worry about.
If I tell the truth – that I’m middle aged and slightly overweight – the only people who will pay attention to me are homely and desperate 60-year-old men.” Needless to say, it works the exact same way for men. Listen, I’ve been on the CBS Early Show defending women lying about their age. After all, anyone can decry someone who lies: what ELSE are they hiding?