The truth about internet dating

Some people may actually be These studies also show that people who are more honest about themselves on the Internet are also more likely to form relationships that begin online.So in general, there’s no reason to assume that most people will be more dishonest if you initially encounter them online compared to encountering them offline. We recently learned that OKCupid deliberately changed people’s match percentages with other users in order to systematically study similarity and attraction.

This strategic self-presentation is not limited to online dating; it happens in a lot of different social contexts (consider how we portray ourselves on resumes).

Building on the work of Dan Ariely, a prominent psychologist, most of us cheat, but we cheat just a little bit.

I confess it: I am always writing one-liners about myself online.

I have spent 10 internet-literate years defining myself to strangers on the internet (dating sites, forums, blogs, chat rooms) through pithy, articulate sentences carefully constructed to present myself as a paragon of humanity.

However, while the more cynical might see these statistics as just an indictment against dating online, it actually speaks of a sadder truth.

Last modified 19-Apr-2015 03:13