Online Daters Are Big Fat Liars

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Heartbreak, Self

A new study tells us what online daters are lying about in their profiles.

Dating online can be complicated—and given the results of a new study the New York Post has shared with us, we might now know why. Online daters lie. Big time.

We knew venturing into the virtual world meant we'd uncover a lie or two, we weren't specifically aware that "men are on average 2 inches shorter than they say in their profiles," "about 50 percent of daters fib about their weight," "everyone exaggerates about their income by 20 percent," and, to boot, "women who smoke are more popular online."

Smoking? There is no way this is real, right? Because we thought men preferred a woman with lungs that are nice and clean.

But it is. Dan Ariely, author of The Upside of Irrationality, tells the Post he thinks smoking "correlates with promiscuity" and men "think women who smoke go to bars, care less about their health, and are more adventerous."

Another curveball the study throws us is that a woman's desirability peaks at age 21, where 80 percent of the dating pool is interested. Just a while ago scientists told us that we reach low fertility by age 27. Nature, give us a break! Why We Become Sex Crazed At Age 27

Of course, the study isn't to make us feel bad about ourselves but to shine a light on the harsh realities of e-dating. Women want tall, educated, older men. Men want young, smoking, women who post flirty profile pictures. These statistics are helpful for existing digital dates so that they know what to be wary about, but they're also great for new comers because, before, we hardly know what we're getting into. Now, there is so much information at our fingertips that let us know how to create a great profile, what kind of people we'll find online, what they lie about, and how we can make the best of the site. 5 Ways Online Dating Changed In A Decade

What do you think, readers? Have you ever caught on e-date in a lie?