Study: Online dating has lots of liars
"Wow! He works with Doctors Without Borders and looks like Brad Pitt? I think I'll tell him I have a 'sexually liberated' twin sister to get his attention." (AP photo)
Even losers need love, which may explain the popularity of online dating.
Just kidding, I know many people who have met their second or third husband or wife through Match.com, OKCupid.com or the Taxidermy.net forum.
It seems liars need love too. According to a new Pew Research Center study, the interwebs are chock full of ‘em.
To save you the trouble of having to read the entire 57-page PDF I will list some highlights:
- More than half (54 percent) of online daters think people “seriously” misrepresented themselves online.
- 42 percent on females using online dating websites feel they have been harassed by men. Only 17 percent of men felt that way.
- 32 percent of internet users agree with the statement that “online dating keeps people from settling down because they always have options for people to date.”
But it’s not all bad news. A lot more people are using online dating sites and the social stigma of being unable to trick a person into liking you without using technology seems to be fading.
Here’s the good news from the study:
- 21 percent of overall internet users agree with the statement that “people who use online dating sites are desperate,” an 8-point decline from the 29 percent who said so in 2005.
- 59 percent of all internet users agree with the statement that “online dating is a good way to meet people,” a 15-point increase from the 44 percent who said so in 2005.
- 53 percent of internet users agree with the statement that “online dating allows people to find a better match for themselves because they can get to know a lot more people,” a 6-point increase from the 47 percent who said so in 2005.
- 11 percent of American adults — and 38 percent of those who are currently “single and looking” for a partner — have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.
- 66 percent of online daters have gone on a date with someone they met through a dating site or app.
- 23 percent of online daters say they have met a spouse or long term relationship through these sites.
The seasoned veterans at The New York Post home in on the real news with the subtly titled article “Online daters weave web of lies to catch mates.”
They even asked a “relationship expert” to state the obvious.
“Life is a series of small and large lies,” said author Dan Slater, who added that humans lie “to seem more attractive.”
And take it from me, a soon-to-retire journalist who only drives a BMW when his Porsche is visiting the mechanic, it is easier to lie online than in person.