In case you missed the quick and dirty scandal in the news, New York Congressman Chris Lee resigned after Gawker.com revealed that he was doing a little internet flirting. He had a brief email exchange with a single woman in DC and led her to believe that he was a 39 year old single father. Turns out he was married, with children, 46, oh and a congressman!
I felt bad for the young woman, “Leggy Glamazon” because I have certainly been where she has been. I’ve met men who totally misrepresented themselves online. I can’t imagine how I’d feel if one of the posers turned out to be a politician or public figure. (Full disclosure: I actually met and hung out with the Leggy Glamazon last year and I found her to be fabulous and cool.)
Needless to say, it brought back awful memories of discovering the lies that people tell. I think I read some outrageous statistic that up to 30% of online daters are actually married. This isn’t the – divorce papers about to be signed kind of married- either. It’s more like – still rocking the wedding band, living with mate, pretending to be happy at home – kind of married.
I won’t bash online dating because it can work, although not actively online dating myself. It’s just that stories like this reminds us that a lot of people lie online. It’s just something you have to deal with in dating – online and off.
Do you think that everyone lies on their dating profiles? Is there a way to filter out the posers?
How can you tell if the person you are dating is actually single?
By Wise Diva, Misadventures in Atlanta Dating Blog