Lies on dating sites? This may not come as a huge surprise, but when it comes to profiles on dating sites, people tend to lie a lot.
In fact people not only lie, but they lie in ways that make a lot of sense. Most women have a preference for tall men, so men exaggerate their height. On average, by about 2 inches. And if they are close to six feet, they have tendency to round up to six feet. Women also up their height, though this is a bit less obviously advantageous.
The other thing people lie about is how much they earn. This is something that gets worse with age. The older you are the more likely you are to bump up your actual income. By their early fifties lovelorn hopefuls are bigging up their earnings by as much as 20%. This is again a perfectly rational deception. If you are both old and broke you are not going to look like mate potential, and your chances of getting a look in on the on-line dating scene are slim.
Another age related deception is an obvious one. The older you are the more likely your picture is younger than you are. I suppose it must be because you have so many more to choose from. Yes, that must be it.
The most bizarre twist in the story of misleading your audience is that a great many more people claim to be bisexual than actually are. The reasons for this are obscure. Possibly people feel it gives them an aura of daring and open mindedness. Possibly they are so desperate for attention they are willing to seek it from any quarter they can.
So be warned. If you looking for love on the Internet the chances are the folks you are talking to are more weather worn, shorter and poorer than they are letting on in their profile. You probably knew that already, but it is good to know that there are stats to back up your suspicions.
The information for this post came from a report by OK Cupid, who ought to know about this kind of thing.