Find out the ten most common lies people tell in their online dating profiles
8. Hobbies and Interests
"There's a lot of ambiguity users take advantage of," notes Dr. Toma. 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. Toma. So even those who went ice skating one or twice might check that as an interest. The best advice? Tell the truth. "I once took a woman camping because I remembered her profile said she enjoyed it," says Jonathan, a 39-year-old online dater in San Antonio, TX. "I hate camping, but I wanted to take her because I was into her. Instead, we both had a bad time."
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9. Connections to Celebrities
Perhaps the most interesting finding of the BeautifulPeople.com survey was that 3.3 percent of people said they lied in their profiles about knowing celebrities, and 3.7 percent said they lied about meeting famous people through work. "We're in a celebrity-driven culture,” explains Hodge. "It's so much about networking and ‘what can this person do for me?' early on, so people try to make themselves sound more interesting by the folks they know." Former online dater Matthew, a 37-year-old from Tampa, FL, says he's done this to impress women. "I once worked on a movie deal and got to take a picture with Matthew McConaughey. I posted the photo because it catches people's attention."
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