I have good news for online daters. New research shows that most of the information people post in their dating profiles is true.
Researchers at the University of Kansas contacted more than 5,000 members of a national online dating service. Each person was asked if they’d stretched the truth about their age, weight, personal interests, income, or relationship goals.
The good news is that, for the most part, online daters are honest. In fact, more than 9 out of 10 people accurately described themselves.
The researchers also found that when someone does lie, it’s usually a man. In fact, in every area - except one - men were more likely to lie than women. So, what’s the one place where ladies stretch the truth? Nope - it’s not their age. Men are almost twice as likely to lie about that. The one fact that women have the most trouble coming clean about is their weight.
But overall, the amount of lying in dating profiles is small – because most daters hope to meet each other face-to-face at some point. And that future possibility keeps most people honest.