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This raises a more general issue and that is the underlying assumption that men and women are good at assessing their place on the market in terms of physical attractiveness.I have said this before, but I always think that researchers need to control for how long a person has been trying to find a mate online.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).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.
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.
It seems likely that if you post your profile, and then have no success, you will eventually want to go back and tweak your profile in order to be captured in more searches.
Less attractive people are bound to spend longer looking for love online.
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.