“A few guys have put up good-looking pictures of themselves and when I went to meet them in person, I didn’t recognize them because they looked nothing like the picture.” According to Woman’s Day magazine, the 10 most common things people lie about in their online dating profiles include height (guys fib significantly more), weight, physique, age, income, job type and title, lifestyle, hobbies and interests, connections to celebrities and photographs.“Oh and one guy told me he lived alone in his own house, but it turned out he lived with his mother,” she said.

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Through a combination of choosing what archetype best fits their body type (athletic, a little extra, obese, thin, jacked) and the pictures they decide to include in their profile, men can be pretty good at disguising what their bodies look like.

Sex advice columnist extraordinaire Dan Savage has stated he assumes every man with an online profile is probably two to five years older than he actually is.

“A million years ago, when I did online dating, this guy said he was like 5 feet 10 inches or so,” said the now married mother of two.

– When Jill Jesse Futrell, 35, was single and using online dating sites to meet potential mates, she came across a few Pinocchios in her day.

The average man online says he’s at least one to two inches taller than he really is.

Most men not only know women tend to prefer taller men, they also know women aren’t going to break out the measuring tape on a first date.

At the end of the day, it’s better to be pleasantly surprised when someone does tell the truth than bitterly disappointed when he doesn’t. Read the full article here and let me know your thoughts. I believe that fibbing is exacerbated because most people don’t have an accurate view of themselves.

Someone who played sports in high school thinks of themselves as “athletic” 20 years later when they haven’t budged from the couch in nearly that long.

A recent New York Times article titled “Love, Lies and What They Learned,” indicates that collectively, the major dating sites had more than 593 million visits in the United States last month.

Research involving more than one million online dating profiles was partly financed by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

“He clearly was not when I towered over him while wearing flip-flops.” Mark Twain once said, “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” Sure, there is virtue in honesty.