It is perhaps for this reason that studies have shown that, unlike this guy, lies on dating profiles are generally quite minor.
Men make themselves a little taller (by about 1”) and women make themselves a little thinner (by about 8 pounds).
One point about this study: the participants ranged in age from 18 to 53, and yet the judges ranged in age from 18 to 22.
I cannot be the only one who thinks that a 20 year-old judging the attractiveness of a 50 year-old online dater is going to necessarily give a lower attractiveness score than might a judge who is closer to the participant’s age.
His comment was, “I could have been a doctor by now!
” To which I responded, “Good bye.”No one likes to be deceived by a person with whom you hope to one day develop a trusting relationship.
If this is the case, then the relationship between deception and attractiveness is not a result of people assessing themselves as being less attractive, it's just a function of time on the market.
Judges (undergraduate students) rated -- on a scale of one to ten -- the pictures taken in the lab and the main profile picture for attractiveness.
But unless you spent a summer working at a local fair guessing peoples' weight and height, the deceptions are so small, on average, that most people probably wouldn’t pick them out in a first date.
In the study, 69 currently active online daters were invited to come into a lab.
I can’t imagine a 75-year-old women looking back on her marriage and reflecting that she might have been happier had her husband just been one inch taller.
Or a 75 year-old man looking at the mother of his children and thinking that if she had only been curvy, instead of just plump, his life with her would have been so much better.