Dating lie online sex
Symantec, the peeps behind Norton Antivirus, recently conducted a survey exploring the ethics of online dating.
They surveyed 1,060 men and women, 18 and over, who date online (or have done so in the past). Who lies about what: Guys are more likely to lie in 13 of the 14 categories Symantec surveyed, such as name, contact info, and relationship status.
But, at 26, women have more online pursuers than men whereas, at 48, men have twice as many online pursuers as women.
Here's what they're lying about: 20% of women surveyed by global research agency Opinionmatters admitted to using an older photo from when they were younger and thinner.
Still, the question of whether it’s a white lie or a whopper often lies in just how close to the truth it is.
The in-depth studies found that about 81 percent of people misrepresent their height, weight or age in their profiles.Another study found that women’s profile photographs were on average a year and a half old. According to the studies, liars tend to use fewer first-person pronouns. Toma, an assistant professor in the department of communication arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said this is an indication of psychological distancing: “You’re feeling guilty or anxious or nervous.” Liars use more negative words like “not” and “never,” yet another way of putting up a buffer.Liars use fewer negative emotion words like “sad” and “upset,” and they write shorter online personal essays. “People were much more likely to say ‘I’m fat’ than ‘I’m a conservative.’ ” Personally, none of this is surprising if you’ve dated online.Little do they know that teams of scientists are eagerly watching them trying to find it.A recent New York Times article titled “Love, Lies and What They Learned,” indicates that collectively, the major dating sites had more than 593 million visits in the United States last month.