Online daters are not known for telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth in their profiles.
So what fibs are they telling? That depends if it's a man or a woman who is doing the lying.
WTOP News in Washington, D.C. reports this is how we lie by gender, according to a survey by Online Schools:
- Men lie most about their height and income, trying to get women to think they are taller and richer than they really are. Specifically, they want women to think they are six feet tall and make at least $86,000 a year.
- Women tend to lie about their weight and physical build, leading men to believe they are around 118 pounds when the truth is closer to 148 pounds.
- There is one lie both men and women are equally likely to tell: Their age. While they may say they are 32 or 39, the truth is closer to 48, the average age of the online dater.
Fun fact about online daters: Eventually, the truth must come out, because couples who meet online get married, on average, after just 18 months of dating, compared with traditional daters who marry, on average, after 42 months of dating.
But beware: One in 10 online daters is a sex offender, and the porn industry blames the dating industry for its recent $74 million revenue decline.
--From the Editors at Netscape