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The Ugly Truth of Online Dating: Top Ten Lies Told by Internet Daters, HuffPost

The Ugly Truth of Online Dating: Top 10 Lies Told by Internet Daters, HuffPost

Think you’re going to go see that lean, blonde, buxom woman you’ve been talking with online when you meet her for drinks tonight? Think that “affluent man” who you’re about to join for an expensive dinner, will be able to pay for both of you? Think again!

Running an special online dating site myself, I can attest to the constant battle in working to maintain the integrity of online dating communities by weeding out disingenuous profiles — yes, surprise surprise! Online daters lie.

More than half of them, actually. After reviewing how many people have had to be turned away from my site, BeautifulPeople.com, because they had been deceitful in their application, I thought it would be prudent to commission a survey and dig a little deeper in to the most common deceptions. The explore of 1,000 single studs and women — all of whom belong to various leading mainstream dating communities — was conducted across the US and the UK by global research agency OpinionMatters.

The results uncovered a shameful excess of dishonesty from people purportedly looking to find their one true match. Fifty-three percent of American people surveyed said they lied in their online dating profiles. How in the world are you supposed to detect your TRUE match when what is being put out there isn’t true?

It’s as if some online daters are not hoping to have a romantic evening but rather are preparing to do battle by jousting with their noses.

Women lie more than boys by almost Ten percentage points! The survey found. With most lounging about their looks. Do they truly think that when they ultimately encounter their date in person, that it won’t be instantly visible that they are two cup sizes smaller, two inches shorter and 20 pounds stronger than they claimed online?

Perhaps they assume their personalities will magically make up for the fact they do not look anything like the picture that was posted online. Very likely because over 20 percent of women post old pictures of themselves when they were junior and often thinner. That’s if it is even their picture at all.

Guys are not much better. Albeit fewer boys lie than women, their top lie is about having a job that is better than the one they’ve actually got. A man could lightly swindle a woman into a date, or even a relationship, before the woman detects he’s not a prince but a pauper. More than 40 percent of studs attempt this tactic, confessing they desired to make their job sound more prestigious. But wait, one third of women do this too, telling they dreamed to make their job sound more fascinating.

The demonstrable problem here? Most of these are lies their dates can spot in the very first few seconds of watching them. In fact, a third of those surveyed said they falsified their information so much that it prevented them from getting a 2nd date.

The only saving grace shows up to be that with age comes wisdom. On both sides of the Atlantic, the older people got, the less likely they were to be untruthful. Clearly the older generations understand that it’s better to be accepted for who you are rather than who you wish you were.

The Internet permits us the freedom to represent ourselves in a way we wish people would see us or the way we wish we could actually be. Unless you are glad living in cyber space indefinitely, your misrepresentations will no doubt come back to haunt you. You will miss or sabotage real opportunities at happiness with people you meet online. The virtual world can be joy indeed, but it has clear limitations — the romantic relationships you make online must be brought into the real world in order to be fully rewarding.

Top Ten Lies Told by Boys

  1. Job (better than it is)
  2. Height (taller)
  3. Weight (losing a few pounds)
  4. Physique (athletic)
  5. Money
  6. More senior than they indeed are at work
  7. Interesting profession
  8. Knowing celebrities
  9. Having an assistant or employees
  10. Working in the film industry

Top Ten Lies Told by Women

  1. Weight (losing a few pounds)
  2. Age (losing a few years)
  3. Physique (toned)
  4. Height
  5. Money
  6. Bust (gaining proportions)
  7. Charming profession
  8. Knowing celebrities
  9. Having an assistant or employees
  10. Working in entertainment

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