Deception in online dating profiles
Think about your friendships—do they ask you about your financials? Did the person go to a boat dock and simply stand in front of a great looking boat and have their picture taken? One of the more popular scams is to pretend to be a resident who has either recently moved to the states in the last two years, or who is in the process of moving to the states.Did they ask a realtor to show them an expensive house and then have their picture taken at the house? They get called back to their home country, or South Africa, to do a lucrative job, with either really important people or for a really good commission or a big paycheck. Don’t they have friends or family that could help them out if the situation was true?In general, people tended to lie in ways that were based on their perceptions of what potential partners would find attractive.For example, women on average subtracted around eight pounds from their weight.Toma studies how communication technologies such as online dating and social networking sites affect the ability of people to relate to and understand one another.As part of her current work in the Department of Communication Arts — part of the College of Letters & Science — she’s examining how technology affects self-esteem, but a major area of her research has focused on deception in online dating profiles.
For example, a man who measured a little over 5’10” was more likely to list his height as 5’11”.
The general pattern was that 80 percent of people lied about one of at least three elements that researchers could objectively measure: age, height and weight.