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If people deceive in their online profiles it is because they perceive that these qualities are actually important enough to lie about.

I would love to see some evidence that in terms of quality of long-term matches that this is actually the case.

If they had, they might have found not that less attractive people were more deceptive, but that older people were more deceptive.

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One point about this study: the participants ranged in age from 18 to 53, and yet the judges ranged in age from 18 to 22.

I cannot be the only one who thinks that a 20 year-old judging the attractiveness of a 50 year-old online dater is going to necessarily give a lower attractiveness score than might a judge who is closer to the participant’s age.

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.

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.

A measure of “photographic self-enhancement” was determined as the attractiveness rating of the profile picture minus the attractiveness rating of the picture taken in the lab that replicated the profile picture.

They found that less attractive people were more likely to have chosen a profile picture in which they were significantly more attractive than they were in everyday life.

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.

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.

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