DailyDirt: The Mating Behavior of Online Daters

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Online dating sites provide a vast amount of interesting data for researchers studying human behavior. These sites record how much people lie about themselves to try to impress others, and dating sites contain a wide variety of personal data that can be sliced and diced according to age, gender, income, education, interests, you-name-it. Here are just a few studies that have looked at digital dating databases for insights into the minds of people searching for soul mates and long walks on the beach. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

Filed Under: marriage, matching, online dating, personal data, relationships, romance
Companies: eharmony, match.com


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    John Fenderson (profile), 7 Jun 2013 @ 9:29am

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    Your experience matches mine about misrepresentation. The only outright liars I met were ones who portrayed themselves as less physically attractive than they actually were.

    But, if by "lying" they mean fudging their age, weight, or height by an insignificant amount, 81% is about right.

    By the way, I met my wife through an online dating site. And thank God. She's the best thing that ever happened to me.

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