It’s estimated that by 2040, 70% of us will have met our significant other online.The problem with a lot of online dating applications is that they don’t really work.Over 20% of women posted photos of their younger selves. Their most common lies revolved around their financial situation, specifically, about having a better job (financially) than they actually do.More than 40% of men indicated that they did this, but the tactic was also employed by nearly a third of women.A total of 53% of US participants admitted to having lied in their online dating profile.Women apparently lied more than men, with the most common dishonesties being about looks.If you want to think about dating as a numbers game (and apparently many people do), you could probably swipe left/right between 10 – 100 times in the span of time that it would take you to interact with one potential date in ‘real-life’.With the popularity of sites like e Harmony, match.com, OKcupid and literally thousands of similar others, the stigma of online dating has diminished considerably in the last decade.
According to the Pew Research Center, the overwhelming majority of Americans suggest that online dating is a good way to meet people.
While dishonesty was slightly less prevalent among the British sample, 44% did admit to lying in their online profile.
In both the US and UK samples, dishonesty declined with age.
Interestingly, more than 15% of adults say that they have used either mobile dating apps or an online dating site at least once in the past.
Online dating services are now the second most popular way to meet a partner.
Many are just ‘fad’ applications that squeeze money from punters with no intention of matching you with a suitable partner. Most people probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it’s more common for people to lie in their online profile than be completely honest.