Have you ever looked at online dating profiles? There can be so many to go through. Potential matches will do whatever they can to stand out or leave the impression that they are successful, good looking, young and attractive in all areas. Additionally, online dating has potential for competition, as the dating field is filled with apps and online sites with so many daters in all age groups. The problem with competition, however, is that it breeds dishonesty.
Many men and women might feel that they are not good enough, thin enough, young enough or rich enough, so they might change details or subtract years from their age. We know that the modeling industry and advertisers alter photos to make models more appealing, and many online dating photos might be older photos from when the person was younger or were altered to appear more beautiful.
Thus, it seems that online dating has a dark side embodying dishonest profiles. The term “catfish” is often used to describe a person who uses another photo of someone who is not them; however, I am referring to small inconsistencies that people might use to get the edge in the online universe.
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University found that 80 percent of online daters lie about their height, weight or age. I would even estimate now that lying about photos and professions are lies people tell often. It would seem that men might lie about their age to attract a younger woman and using an old photo would show the guy in a younger time.
Being authentic and honest are qualities that are valuable and make the dating process easier for everyone, so be proud of exactly who you are. Put out there what you would like back — honesty and authenticity; everything else will fall into place in the dating world.