Deception in online dating profiles

Women tend to desire men who have a high socioeconomic status; which are usually older men.

Therefore, when it comes to online dating, men find it acceptable to lie about their status such as occupation, education, and relationship status (Toma et al., 2008). Evolutionary theory supports this common deception by suggesting that the characteristics that women view as desirable are the ones that can support them and their children.

Women dressed with great contemplation and took extra minutes to put on their makeup.

Men ensured their clothes were color-coordinated and wrinkle-free.

This could be due to the fact that many women prefer to date men that are taller than themselves (Toma et al., 2008).In one study men who were young adults dated women who were an average of 1.04 years younger, middle aged men dated women who were 4.98 years younger, and older men dated women an average of 9.99 years younger (Alterovitz & Mendelsohn, 2009).These results support the idea that women think that they need to look as young and beautiful as possible in order to attract a man.The survey respondents reported that they were more likely to lie about their photographs than relationship information such as marital status and the number of children they have.In a follow-up study by Hancock and Toma (2009), they found that about one-third of the online photographs examined were not accurate.

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