Bad effect of online dating
If this is the case, then the relationship between deception and attractiveness is not a result of people assessing themselves as being less attractive, it's just a function of time on the market.Online dating technology appears to have changed the way we measure a potential mate’s worth.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 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.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.
(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.
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.