Online communication has become an integral part of most of our lives, and yet many people continue to view those they meet on the Internet with suspicion.They imagine that online forums are filled with sexual predators and people using false identities. Online interactions vary in terms of two major questions: (1) What venues are we using to communicate, and, (2) What are we lying about?From Bebo through to My Space, Facebook, Linked In, Twitter and beyond, I’ve used the whole range of tricks from flattering camera angles to (tragically) writing easily Google-able ‘inspirational quotes’ in my profile in my attempts to appear like a rounded and likeable individual. I probably shouldn't admit this, then, but it comes as no surprise to me that the results of a recent survey reveal that 57 per cent of people have lied on their online dating profiles.Internet dating has come a long way in the 15 years since You’ve Got Mail.When I have my own undergraduate students read about the “true self” research, many are shocked by the results, having believed that the Internet was rife with dishonesty.
Of course, there are online dating success stories.
Here, we examine the most frequent fabrications, how to spot them in others' profiles and why they're not worth including in yours.1.
Height Both sexes tell tall tales, but men are more than twice as likely to (literally) stretch the truth.
Everyone seems to know someone who knows someone who is getting married to their online sweetheart.
But after connecting with thousands of women via my Facebook page and hearing their tales of missed dates, mixed messages, and misunderstood expectations, the horror stories seem to outnumber any purported success rate by a very wide margin. Don't we all hear how great the apps and sites are? You answer a few questions and then get to meet someone who is (supposedly) a great match.