But this perception of widespread deception may not match the reality of online dating, says Catalina Toma, a UW assistant professor of communications science who specializes in online self-presentation. Toma studies how communication technologies such Adult wants sex encounter Worcester online dating and social networking sites affect the ability of people to relate to and understand one.
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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.
However, though the frequency of lying was high, the actual magnitude of those lies Horney teen who attend hot in Parma fairly small. 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.
Lady want hot sex MD Patuxent river 20670 Additionally, women were more likely than men to use profile photos that they thought were more physically flattering. Women also posted photos that presented themselves as younger than their actual age; on average, women used profile photos that were about a year and three months out of date.
In contrast, men posted photos that were around six months old. For example, only 15 Looking for an emotionally connected Las Cruces 20 percent of people lied about their age, and the vast majority were honest about their relationship status or whether they had children — elements of their lives that would be difficult to hide from partners for very long.
Nobody wants to be with a liar.
Daters want to gauge that chemistry. Toma says there are several inherent aspects of technology that discourage deception.
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