A study released today says online dating sites are no better at finding you a proper match than random encounters. Is that really surprising? There are so many ways to be deceptive on the Internet, it's a wonder anyone ever develops a real connection online. Here are the most obvious areas where people obscure the truth on dating sites.
Men know that women love guys with tons of money. Naturally, this means that when it comes time to post an income, guys are going to go big. Sometimes substantially bigger than what they really make. Ladies, don’t be surprised if you're expecting a limo and he shows up on a bike.
Everyone wants to be younger. It's a fact of life and it's way worse online. If the age shows 23 but the profile pic shows gray hairs, something might be up. Also beware of people in their thirties who list ice-cream parlors and speakeasys as places they like to hang out.
Their Profile Picture
Terrible lighting and obtuse angles can obscure size and "beauty marks." Self-portraits can block everything you actually want to see. And if it's anything other than the actual person--pet, drawing, celebrity--close out of that profile as fast as you can and never return.
How Much They Read
If you've always got your nose buried in a book, how come you average 58 Facebook status updates a day? Look, we all want to pretend we're more cultured than we really are but this one is nearly impossible to maintain face-to-face. Just be honest and admit that the last "novel" you read was a graphic novel and get on with skewing the parts of your profile that are easier to mask.
Their Job Title
This goes hand-in-hand with salary, but it deserves its own category because regardless of how much someone makes, they can always make themselves look better by listing a big-time parent company. The guy who cleans the toilets at the Grand Central Station Apple Store can still say he works for the most popular company in America.
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What They’re Really Looking For
Singles desperate for "The One" will try to downplay how hungry they are for a soulmate. On the other hand, casual daters don’t want to scare off any opportunities that might turn into something more. So basically, no one tells the truth about anything on dating sites.