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Old 02-23-07, 07:05 AM   #1
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Pitfalls of Online Dating

http://www.webmd.com/sex-relationshi...wnl_lbt_022107

Online Dating: Fibbing Common

Does That Enticing Internet Profile List the Real Age, Height, and Weight? Don't Count on It

Here are the percentages of daters who didn't measure up to (or exceeded) their profiles:

Weight: nearly 60% inaccurate by 5 or more pounds
Height: 48% inaccurate by more than half an inch
Age: nearly 19% different from age on license
On average, the daters were 5 to 6 pounds heavier; a third of an inch different in height; and about five months different in age than their profiles claimed.

Despite their postings, the daters really were:

Weight: 20.4 pounds lighter to 35 pounds heavier
Height: 1.75 inches shorter to 3 inches taller
Age: 3 years younger to 9 years older.

Women tended to underreport their weight; men tended to inflate their height.

But there were "a few extreme lies," Hancock's team says, including profiles of daters professing a 35-pound difference, a three-inch height difference, or an 11-year age difference from reality

The daters generally knew they hadn't told the truth, the study shows.
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Old 02-23-07, 07:26 AM   #2
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Pffft! Methinks there be some fibbin goin on here too.
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Old 02-23-07, 07:29 AM   #3
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Old 02-23-07, 07:52 AM   #4
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You know, I always wonder why people bother doing that? I mean, if you have an intent of meeting someone in person to develop a real long term relationship and you've lied about something, you've poisoned things right from the start. Why bother? Do people really think their witty [internet] reparte is going to overcome the belly hanging over the belt at the first meeting???

And if you're just out for the hook up and you're lying about your looks/age/height/weight or whatever is important to the potential hookee, do you think they're going to figure they're obligated to fall into bed with whatever slob/hag shows up?

I just don't get it. I'd rather get "rejected" early on instead of after I've invested time, so there's no sense in being someone other than who I am.

Now, if you've no intent to meet then fine... keep it all in the fantasy realm and be whoever you want to be because it doesn't matter.

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Old 02-23-07, 08:04 AM   #5
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Yeah I don't get it either. Eventually your going to meet that person if there is a connection. So why lie about weight, height, age, etc.
Then your going to have to explain why you LIED?? Makes no sense to me at all.
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Old 02-23-07, 08:09 AM   #6
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Yeah I don't get it either. Eventually your going to meet that person if there is a connection. So why lie about weight, height, age, etc.
Then your going to have to explain why you LIED?? Makes no sense to me at all.
My guess is they're hoping that whoever they meet (attempt to trap) is so enamoured with their stunning personality that they're see past the physical form. That, or the other person is desperate, too.

People who do this are delusional and irrational and don't really put two and two together to figure that a liar doesn't usually make for a good partner.
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My guess is they're hoping that whoever they meet (attempt to trap) is so enamoured with their stunning personality that they're see past the physical form. That, or the other person is desperate, too.

People who do this are delusional and irrational and don't really put two and two together to figure that a liar doesn't usually make for a good partner.
I just think there are sooo many other ways to meet someone if your really looking. Like thru friends, clubs(cycling for us), etc.
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I just think there are sooo many other ways to meet someone if your really looking. Like thru friends, clubs(cycling for us), etc.
I agree. But I think a lot (not all) of the people who use these sites are socially fragile/inept - or even just strained, as would be the case with a single mom. Joining some kind of social club doesn't even cross their minds. That or I'm just making some blanket statement based on some personal stereotypes. It's too early in the morning to tell.
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You get set up with a serial killer! Enuff said on that.
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Pffft! Methinks there be some fibbin goin on here too.
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I agree. But I think a lot (not all) of the people who use these sites are socially fragile/inept - or even just strained, as would be the case with a single mom. Joining some kind of social club doesn't even cross their minds. That or I'm just making some blanket statement based on some personal stereotypes. It's too early in the morning to tell.
I think your onto something personally. I know this person that met somone on a online dating service, their engage with months, married etc. They claim to be the perfect match, blah, blah, blah, but personally I think its the excitement of a new relationship and once they get BORED with eachother then they will truly see the differences they have.
Who knows I'm probably thinking way to much about this too.
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Sums it up pretty much perfectly... funny site, good writer as well.
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