It seems dishonest users understand better than honest ones how much the truth can change someone’s online profile.
Turns out, many users (16%) present themselves dishonestly in the hopes of looking better to potential partners. Data from the large dating site Ok Cupid indicates that men who are rated more attractive by female visitors to the site (i.e., men who are taller, more well-built, and who have a good job) received 11 times as many messages as lower-rated men.
You can get away with taking a couple of years off, even if you meet someone, but what is the impression you’re giving – would you rather be thought of as a fresh-looking forty-year-old? Like height, this is a lie that people think they can get away with even though they are meeting someone and it’s the first thing they will notice.
It’s mainly told by women who are hoping that, while men might say they want a skinny girlfriend, they actually want a fuller-figured one. Men commonly add between 20 and 40 per cent to their income.
Kaspersky Lab and B2B International jointly researched online dating site users’ patterns of behavior and the threats they encounter.
We found out what type of information users are prepared to share with strangers and why (and about what) so many of them lie. Of our survey respondents, 57% admit that they embellish reality on dating sites.
Married men are the most likely to lie: 67% of them say they lie when filling out their profiles or communicating on the website.
Married users lie primarily to hide their marital status.
Like that thing where you send a message about them them, and then immediately follow up with “Oh, sorry, that wasn’t for you!
But when she comes home with you and discovers that you live in a bedsit in north Wembley, she might start to suspect the truth.
It’s kind of amazing, the amount of cognitive dissonance a person can muster while firing off a text that is 100 percent B.
However, it’s not just the desire to find a new partner quickly that inclines people to lie.
Some 36% of male research participants lie “just for fun” (31% of women admit to this as well). Some 34% of female site visitors intentionally falsify information about themselves because they are afraid that real information will be used against them by extortionists and con men.
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So, always be on guard when talking with strangers who are a “match” — you now know most of them are not who they seem.