Lying on internet dating sites
Men fibbed by 2 pounds, although they lied about their height, rounding up a half inch.
Another study found that women’s profile photographs were on average a year and a half old. According to the studies, liars tend to use fewer first-person pronouns. Toma, an assistant professor in the department of communication arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said this is an indication of psychological distancing: “You’re feeling guilty or anxious or nervous.” Liars use more negative words like “not” and “never,” yet another way of putting up a buffer.
The in-depth studies found that about 81 percent of people misrepresent their height, weight or age in their profiles.
On average, the women described themselves as 8.5 pounds thinner in their profiles than they really were.
A study conducted by researchers at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison found roughly 80% of online daters lie. After surveying participants on dating sites such as and Webdate, the results showed lying is quite common in the virtual dating world.
A recent New York Times article titled “Love, Lies and What They Learned,” indicates that collectively, the major dating sites had more than 593 million visits in the United States last month.
Research involving more than one million online dating profiles was partly financed by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Liars use fewer negative emotion words like “sad” and “upset,” and they write shorter online personal essays. “People were much more likely to say ‘I’m fat’ than ‘I’m a conservative.’ ” Personally, none of this is surprising if you’ve dated online.
You may find it exasperating, but I just think it’s human nature. We know that online dating presents a lot of choices.