More than half of people lie on dating sites, says study

New York, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 24 October 2013, 02:38 PM

More than half of people using internet dating sites tell fibs on their profiles, reveals a new study.

Pew Research said that in its new "Internet and American Life Project" that 54 percent of online daters have "seriously misrepresented" themselves on dating websites fibbing about height, income and age, the New York Post reported.

That's because some dishonestly has always been part of dating, Dan Slater, an author and relationship expert said.

Singles tend to tell white lies about whatever they can get away with in order to seem more attractive, he said.

He added some online daters don't actually intend to lie - they may actually truly believe they still look the same as they did in a photo from 2005.

The study also notes people dating online are often disappointed, in part because they tend to create "a fantasy" about another person that doesn't pan out in real life.

Women are more likely than men to have had a bad experience dating online with roughly 42 percent of female online daters claiming they were unsatisfied.

Even so, 59 percent of people surveyed said that online dating is a good way to meet people, according to the study.

First Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 02:34 PM
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