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The New York Post just published an article about online dating that gives the following statistics, as compiled by OKCupid:

  • Men are on average 2 inches shorter than they say in their profiles
  • Women are an inch shorter.
  • About 50 percent of daters lie about their weight.
  • Almost everyone exaggerates their income by 20 percent

So, are you a liar, too? If so, it’s time to question why you’re lying. In many cases people lie online to attract more partners, (though I’m not certain what in the world an inch or two of extra height does for you), thinking that by the time they meet in person, the other party will like them so much that the lie won’t matter, or in the case of income, that the other person won’t find out.

But, lying is a dangerous game. It doesn’t really matter if you never meet them. But, if you find a person who could be “the one” your little white profile lies could really come back to haunt you.

I once went out with a guy I met online who lied – a lot- about his weight. His profile picture was one taken from several years before, when he weighed about 50 pounds less.

Now, I didn’t really care what the guy weighed. He was very well kempt, dressed well, and overall was reasonably attractive. What I had a problem with was the lie. It immediately made me wonder what else he lied about, and why he didn’t think he was good enough at his real weight. Needless to say, the first meeting didn’t go all that well, and I’m sure he left thinking I was shallow and thought he was fat.

So, next time you’re tempted to lie, consider the worst case scenario of being found out. Is it worth the risk?

You can read the NY Post article here.

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