“And when they finally meet in person, they find out it’s just a regular person like everybody else.
They end up being disappointed again.” Little white lies add to the inflated expectations.
After seeing each trait, subjects would indicate whether that trait also described them.
The first trait had a negative amplifying effect, the scientists found.
In the second reinforcing experiment, scientists surveyed two groups of online daters.
Subjects in one group answered questions about an upcoming date.
Profiles were corroborated with real-life measurements of a sample of users.
About half of the men lied about their height, adding at least a half inch to their stature, while more than 60 percent of all participants skewed their weight by five pounds or more.
explores the surprising variation in reproductive strategies and sexual preferences in the animal kingdom in this 3-part series: Mating Game: The Really Wild Kingdom Homosexual Animals Out of the Closet Wild Sex: Where Monogomy is Rare A separate recent study of four dating sites—Match.com, Yahoo Personals, American Singles and Webdate—revealed common fibs in the name of love.The scores given to pre-dates were much higher than those for post-dates.And the perceived degree of similarity between participants and dates also took a dive after face-to-face encounters. Online profiles inherently provide limited pictures of people, a level of vagueness that is fuel, Norton said, for love-seeking imaginations.The next time you log onto a dating site, you might want to add “mysterious” to your list of desired traits, because the less you know about a potential mate the better.A new study of romantic relationships finds that as online daters got to know another person over time, their initially sweet notions turned sour.
Though it’s nowhere near an in-person encounter, Norton said you can get a feel for whether the person is funny or a good listener.