But unless you spent a summer working at a local fair guessing peoples' weight and height, the deceptions are so small, on average, that most people probably wouldn’t pick them out in a first date.
In the study, 69 currently active online daters were invited to come into a lab.
Women appeared to used this form of deception more than did men.
It is perhaps for this reason that studies have shown that, unlike this guy, lies on dating profiles are generally quite minor.
Men make themselves a little taller (by about 1”) and women make themselves a little thinner (by about 8 pounds).
Finally they were photographed in three poses, one of which replicated their main profile picture.
Several years ago I was chatting on an online dating site with a man who claimed to have a graduate degree.
When I asked him what his degree was he revealed that in reality he had spent six years in community college repeatedly starting, but failing to complete, programs.