From Bebo through to My Space, Facebook, Linked In, Twitter and beyond, I’ve used the whole range of tricks from flattering camera angles to (tragically) writing easily Google-able ‘inspirational quotes’ in my profile in my attempts to appear like a rounded and likeable individual. I probably shouldn't admit this, then, but it comes as no surprise to me that the results of a recent survey reveal that 57 per cent of people have lied on their online dating profiles.
Internet dating has come a long way in the 15 years since You’ve Got Mail.
Moving on, internet dating has experienced something of a renaissance recently; it’s even been claimed that one in five marriages across the world started online. The temptation to smooth out the 'rough bits' in our personal profile with some innocuous white lies is irresistible. In my own online dating experience I would always have long pleasant chats with a series of charming men only to balk at the idea of meeting them in person.
So if that’s the case and it’s popular and successful, what’s the problem? I've never met up with anyone off the back of a dating site. It’s probably because my grasp of French experimental psych-pop is not nearly as exhaustive as it would seem when Google is but a tab away, nor is my skin as flawless as the flattering filter on my camera might suggest.
While the fact in itself that we lie online is unsurprising (would YOU show your dating profile to your friends?), what’s much more interesting is what we lie about.