Internet dating liars


Think you're going to go see that thin, blonde, buxom woman you've been chatting with online when you meet her for drinks tonight? After reviewing how many people have had to be turned away from my site, Beautiful People.com, because they had been deceitful in their application, I thought it would be prudent to commission a survey and dig a little deeper in to the most common deceptions.

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.

Research involving more than one million online dating profiles was partly financed by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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.

You may find it exasperating, but I just think it’s human nature. We know that online dating presents a lot of choices.

More than 53 percent of Americans fabricate parts or all of their dating profile details, compared to 44 percent of Britons although neither is a number to be proud of.