Lies People Tell in Online Dating

Lies People Tell in Online Dating
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Online dating site OkCupid continues with amusing yet thorough analysis of their 1.51 million users. This time around, they cover the lies people tell:

People do everything they can in their OkCupid profiles to make themselves seem awesome, and surely many of our users genuinely are. But it’s very hard for the casual browser to tell truth from fiction. With our behind-the-scenes perspective, we’re able to shed some light on some typical claims and the likely realities behind them.

Among the findings:

  • People exaggerate their height by about two inches.
  • If someone says they make $100k per year, they probably mean $80k.
  • The more attractive a picture, the older it is.
  • Most self-identified bisexuals (80%) only like one gender.

Buyer beware.

People might want to consider

inkel, E. J., & Eastwick, P. W. (2009). Arbitrary social norms influence sex differences in romantic selectivity. Psychological Science.

Where it’s found that the fundamental method used, of men rotating, biases responding.

Also, it’s interesting that in addition to this finding that women’s selections in the speed online dating don’t match their prescreening it’s also true that women’s statements about sexual arousal to images and stories don’t match their statements about what makes them aroused.