Truth online dating

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But the research suggests that when you’re chatting with someone online—in a Facebook private message or via the instant messaging function on a dating website—you and the other person may actually be especially authentic in how you present your personality. In general, people are likely to be pretty honest online; most online deception does involve the creation of false identities.

It’s certainly true that it can be easier to lie online than offline, particularly about your physical appearance or job.

In general, , people are more likely to lie when looking for a date than in other social situations (Rowatt et al., 1999).

In addition, those high in the trait of are more likely to be dishonest on these sites.

In all aspects of their social lives, self-monitors are concerned with outward appearance and adapt their behavior to match the social situation.

One survey of over 5,000 users of online dating sites asked them to rate, on a 10-point scale, how likely they were to misrepresent themselves in areas such as appearance and job information (Hall et al., 2010).

The average rating on these items was about 2, indicating a relatively low level of deception overall. They're especially likely to be dishonest in how they describe their physical appearance.

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