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.
“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.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.
There are millions of Americans seeking love on the Internet.
Little do they know that teams of scientists are eagerly watching them trying to find it.