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Women appeared to used this form of deception more than did men.
(I personally suspect, though, that this gender difference has less to do with male versus female deception and more to do with how much make-up a woman wears in the middle of the day to a lab experiment compared to when out for a date.)They also found that the less attractive a person was the more likely they were to have lied about objective measures of physical attractiveness such as height and weight.
I raise this issue because the strongest results in the paper are the ones measuring photographic self-deception, where people have posted pictures of themselves in which they appear significantly more attractive than they do in everyday life.
The older a dater is the more likely it is that they have posted a profile picture in which they are younger.
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.
Several years ago I was chatting on an online dating site with a man who claimed to have a graduate degree.
They were objectively measured for weight and height and asked to provide proof of their age.
Finally they were photographed in three poses, one of which replicated their main profile picture.
Judges (undergraduate students) rated -- on a scale of one to ten -- the pictures taken in the lab and the main profile picture for attractiveness.
If people “revise” their profile over time in the hope of attracting more attention then, in the data, it will look like less attractive people are more deceptive.
They might also be using an older picture simply because that is the one they put up when they started the process and have failed to update it as they have aged.