After all, online dating is like flogging a second-hand car.You know the gears stick and the paintwork has seen better days, so you rave about the leather seats and reliable engine instead. We don’t want to sit rusting on the drive so we give ourselves a positive sell and photos taken in the right light. Here is what you can lie about – gently – lie about: Firstly, yes, you can use a profile picture that is a couple of years old.
Outside of that, however, both men and women lie most often about their appearance.
It’s caused me problems at times but on balance I wouldn’t change it.” Well, helllloo Steve. Cue curious bums on seats from women he imagines will laugh with him and not at him when he reveals his little white lie.
Squinting at his fully clothed profile pics, I couldn’t see any evidence either way. And I almost went on a date with him, so basically . Then there was the guy who looked incredible for his age online.
If we consider that the likelihood of an encounter grows with more messages received, it’s no wonder both men and women embellish their photos and profiles.
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.