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They were given their online dating profile and asked to rate the level of deception of specific elements of the profile on a scale of one to five.They were objectively measured for weight and height and asked to provide proof of their age.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.
His comment was, “I could have been a doctor by now!
” To which I responded, “Good bye.”No one likes to be deceived by a person with whom you hope to one day develop a trusting relationship.
A measure of “photographic self-enhancement” was determined as the attractiveness rating of the profile picture minus the attractiveness rating of the picture taken in the lab that replicated the profile picture.
They found that less attractive people were more likely to have chosen a profile picture in which they were significantly more attractive than they were in everyday life.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).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.