Percentage of people who lie online dating
Once the sole preserve of people who exist entirely on the internet for one reason or another, it has steadily and stealthily infiltrated the lives of Normal People.
No longer are your recommended matches likely to be living in their parent’s basement at 42, nor do most of them have a profile picture that’s an awkwardly posed topless selfie in the bathroom mirror, socks visibly pulled up towards greying underwear.
While the fact in itself that we lie online is unsurprising (would YOU show your dating profile to your friends?
), what’s much more interesting is what we lie about.
Moving on, internet dating has experienced something of a renaissance recently; it’s even been claimed that one in five marriages across the world started online. The temptation to smooth out the 'rough bits' in our personal profile with some innocuous white lies is irresistible. In my own online dating experience I would always have long pleasant chats with a series of charming men only to balk at the idea of meeting them in person.
So if that’s the case and it’s popular and successful, what’s the problem? I've never met up with anyone off the back of a dating site. It’s probably because my grasp of French experimental psych-pop is not nearly as exhaustive as it would seem when Google is but a tab away, nor is my skin as flawless as the flattering filter on my camera might suggest.
Every year, 280,000 marriages that take place are attributed to online dating services.
In some cases, the men aren't forthcoming about this in their profiles either, so it's possible that you could match with someone who is married or otherwise attached."I had one experience where a guy told me he was divorced and he went back home and I got a phone call from his wife," Robinson said.
On another occasion, Robinson met with a guy from out of town who ultimately revealed that he and his wife hadn't had sex in two years because it was too painful for her after menopause.
In early 2013, I was messaging back and forth with a guy who claimed to be 5'6," which is my height, but when we met in person, he was much shorter and I felt like I towered over him.
Later that year, when I was in the midst of moving from Manhattan to Los Angeles, I set up my How About We account in the L. network even though I hadn't officially relocated yet.