Dating larger people
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.
They were given their online dating profile and asked to rate the level of deception of specific elements of the profile on a scale of one to five.
They were objectively measured for weight and height and asked to provide proof of their age.
I can’t imagine a 75-year-old women looking back on her marriage and reflecting that she might have been happier had her husband just been one inch taller.
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.
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.
They might also be using an older picture simply because that is the one they put up when they started the process and have failed to update it as they have aged.
” To which I responded, “Good bye.”No one likes to be deceived by a person with whom you hope to one day develop a trusting relationship.
Finally they were photographed in three poses, one of which replicated their main profile picture.
Judges (undergraduate students) rated -- on a scale of one to ten -- the pictures taken in the lab and the main profile picture for attractiveness.
In general, women were not any more deceptive in their profiles regarding physical attractiveness than were men.), in this study there is little evidence that less physically attractive people were more guilty of elevating their social status.
They weren’t any more likely than more attractive people to over report their income, education or occupation levels.
Women appeared to used this form of deception more than did men.