We’ve all done it, or at least thought about….online dating, that is. If you havent it’s probably because you fear that the person on the other side of the keyboard may be totally fabricating everything about themselves. Well, I hate to break this to you but, they are….but so is everyone else! Lets look at some of the common lies we tell online.
Well thanks to the Houston Chronicle for pulling this story from the New York Post and other places about all the many lies that we tell in the ultimate attempt to package ourselves up for love:
Men exaggerate their height by an average of two inches, women one.
People typically exaggerate their income by 20 percent.
About six in ten women lie about their weight, slightly more than the 55 percent of the men. But men are more likely to lie about their age.
For every inch a man is below 5-10, he needs to make about $35,000-$40,000 a year more to appear equally attractive. Click Here to See the Chart Bigger.
The ideal age for attractiveness is 27 for men, 21 for women.
One of the strangest phenomena in the OkCupid study was that most people who report themselves as bisexual only date one sex. The men (but not women) tend to lie in opposite ways, depending on age. More than half of them send messages only to men if they’re in their twenties, and only to women if they’re in the fifties. The explanation may be that the younger gay men aren’t willing to fully come out, while the older straight men are trying to appear more interesting and open-minded.
And if you think all this proves online dating is stupid, consider this: 22 percent of heterosexual couples say they met that way.