Women weren't far behind at 32%, but they were more likely than the men to demote themselves.
Photographs They say a picture's worth a thousand words—and those words are likely to be lies if the picture's on an online dating profile. Toma says in self-reports, in which study participants admitted to their own lies, "photographs were identified as the single most deceptive element of the person's profile." Yes, some were unintentionally misleading, thanks to poor camera quality and lighting, but others were purposefully altered through digital editing to be more flattering. "One should be a good head shot, another a full body shot and another of you doing something interesting," she says.
And no photo you post should be more than a year old.
Ettin says a lot of women round down to the nearest five-year increment to come up in more searches, but she cautions against it.
"Eventually you're going to have to tell the truth," she says.5.
Ettin sees this with her female clients, but she encourages them to tell the truth. Hobbies and Interests "There's a lot of ambiguity users take advantage of," notes Dr. For example, Match.com's Interests section allows members to check boxes next to sports, but "it doesn't specify if this is something you do often, did in the past or just watch on television," says Dr. So even those who went ice skating one or twice might check that as an interest. "I hate camping, but I wanted to take her because I was into her. Connections to Celebrities Perhaps the most interesting finding of the Beautiful survey was that 3.3% of people said they lied in their profiles about knowing celebrities, and 3.7% said they lied about meeting famous people through work.