Unless you are happy living in cyber space indefinitely, your misrepresentations will no doubt come back to haunt you.
You will miss or sabotage real opportunities at happiness with people you meet online.
Think that "affluent man" who you're about to join for an expensive dinner, will be able to pay for both of you? 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! The study of 1,000 single men and women -- all of whom belong to various leading mainstream dating communities -- was conducted across the US and the UK by global research agency The results uncovered a shameful excess of dishonesty from people purportedly looking to find their one true match.
As we all know, the Internet is a great place to pretend to be someone you're not.
For instance, here's me in Second Life having a great time: Anyhow, in many online situations, self-misrepresentation is totally harmless.
Men admitted to lying about height, weight and physique in their top five lies -- behind jobs and ahead of money -- and women lied about weight, age, physique, and height, with money rounding out the top five. Most of these are lies their dates can spot in the first few seconds of seeing them.
In fact, a third of those surveyed said they falsified their information so much that it prevented them from getting a second date.
More than 40 percent of men try this tactic, confessing they wanted to make their job sound more prestigious.
But wait, one third of women do this too, saying they wanted to make their job sound more glamorous. Americans lie more than Britons, by 9 percentage points.
Like, who cares if your , creating a false impression is a whole different deal.
People do everything they can in their Ok Cupid profiles to make themselves seem awesome, and surely many of our users genuinely are.
Clearly the older generations understand that it's better to be accepted for who you are rather than who you wish you were.
The Internet allows us the freedom to represent ourselves in a way we wish people would see us or the way we wish we could actually be.
Countless kitchen squabbles go something like this: Someone looks at the date on the lettuce and thinks it has gone bad.