A white lie never hurt anyone, right? While this may be true in a lot of situations, what you think is a meaningless white lie could come back to bite you in the butt when it comes to online dating. Some people have probably told you that lying on your profile is completely fine and everybody does it. Others might tell you that you have to be honest and upfront from day one. The question then begs, who is right?
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Think you're going to go see that thin, blonde, buxom woman you've been chatting with online when you meet her for drinks tonight? Think that "affluent man" who you're about to join for an expensive dinner, will be able to pay for both of you? Think again! Running an exclusive online dating site myself, I can attest to the constant battle in working to maintain the integrity of online dating communities by weeding out disingenuous profiles -- yes, surprise surprise! Online daters lie. More than half of them, actually.
"Why I've lied about my age on dates"
Like so many other online daters before him, Green has felt the sting of being kittenfished. A kittenfisher is an ace at presenting themselves unrealistically on their dating profile, whether by using heavily edited or old-as-hell pics, or by lying about their age or lifestyle to curry favor with their matches. What are singles most likely to lie about? Men are prone to exaggerate their height , while women often fudge details about their weight, according to Dan Slater, author of Love in the Time of Algorithms: What Technology Does to Meeting and Mating. Lying about your age is a popular choice, too.
Everyone wants to present the best versions of themselves on dating profiles, and sometimes, this drives them to lie about how awesome they are. I should know: I've been on both ends of the spectrum. In early , I was messaging back and forth with a guy who claimed to be 5'6," which is my height, but when we met in person, he was much shorter and I felt like I towered over him. Melanie Robinson , an online dating expert who uses online dating apps herself, told ATTN: that it's common for people to fib about these two things in their profiles, and the lies don't end there.