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.