Here, we examine the most frequent fabrications, how to spot them in others' profiles and why they're not worth including in yours.1.
Twenty-two percent of guys and 10% of women in the Beautiful poll admitted to fibbing here. The UW/Cornell study measured participants in person and found more than 50% were untruthful about their heights in their online profiles, with guys fibbing "significantly more." Who can blame them?
"Everyone knows women prefer tall men on the whole," says Erika Ettin, who founded A Little Nudge to coach people on their online dating profiles.
Ettin says a lot of women round down to the nearest five-year increment to come up in more searches, but she cautions against it.
"Eventually you're going to have to tell the truth," she says.5.
"Men in our study thought it was most acceptable to lie about income or occupation than other profile elements," says Dr. "They know it's important to women." Ettin advises her clients not to answer this question.6.
Job Type and Title Income isn't the sole career point guys falsify; 42% of men in the Beautiful survey admitted to lying about some aspect of their job, from their title to how many people they supervise.
Income When it comes to a man's listed salary, knock off 40% for a more accurate picture, recommends Greg Hodge of Beautiful
An Ok Cupid study found guys embellish by closer to 20%, but the point is that research confirms that men claim to bring home more bacon than they actually do.
Lifestyle Other common lies revolve around how online daters spend their money. Toma's study, these people used fewer "I" statements, so they were more likely to say, "Love to travel" than "I love to travel." It's their way of distancing themselves from their fibs, she explains. "It's so much about networking and 'what can this person do for me?