Think his online dating profile sounds too good to be true?
Here, we examine the most frequent fabrications, how to spot them in others' profiles and why they're not worth including in yours.1.
Height Both sexes tell tall tales, but men are more than twice as likely to (literally) stretch the truth.
Twenty-two percent of guys and 10% of women in the Beautiful poll admitted to fibbing here. The UW/Cornell study measured participants in person and found more than 50% were untruthful about their heights in their online profiles, with guys fibbing "significantly more." Who can blame them?
"Everyone knows women prefer tall men on the whole," says Erika Ettin, who founded A Little Nudge to coach people on their online dating profiles.
And a study from dating site Ok Cupid confirms taller men receive more messages.
The same study shows shorter women get the attention, so it's ill-advised to pad your numbers.2.
Weight "People lie to embellish themselves, but not be liars," says Catalina Toma, Ph D, an assistant professor of communication science who conducted the UW/Cornell study.
"Weight fluctuates to some degree," which is why it's a popular characteristic about which to fib.
The UW/Cornell study found women and men subtract 8.5 and 1.5 pounds, respectively, on average.